Sloppy Seconds

Sloppy Seconds

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by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
     
 

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This is where Dr. Hook hit full flight, which may be the reason why they wound up with a massive hit with "The Cover of the Rolling Stone." Or maybe the reverse is true -- they had a surefire hit, so they wound up combining their strengths around this song. Possibly. But all evidence points to the group and Shel Silverstein both figuring out

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This is where Dr. Hook hit full flight, which may be the reason why they wound up with a massive hit with "The Cover of the Rolling Stone." Or maybe the reverse is true -- they had a surefire hit, so they wound up combining their strengths around this song. Possibly. But all evidence points to the group and Shel Silverstein both figuring out what they were all about, and that Silverstein realized he had a vehicle where he could indulge in his darkest impulses without getting completely nasty. After all, this is an album that opens with "Freakin' at the Freaker's Ball" -- an unapologetic celebration of all manner of deviants, particularly those who harbor a fondness for whips and chains -- then dips into a bit of sweetness via "If I'd Only Come and Gone," whose very title is a dirty joke. There are sweeter moments to be found -- "Carry Me Carrie" pulls at the heart strings, "Queen of the Silver Dollar" is a tribute to barroom queens slightly past their prime -- but there's no denying that the heart of the record lays in the thick, ugly groove of "Get My Rocks Off" and the tasteless closer "Looking for Pussy." Not everything on Sloppy Seconds operates on this level of sleaze, but that's only because these tunes (and the title) are so potent they throw everything else off, giving the nicer songs an ominous undertow. Naturally that's the wonderful thing about the record: it gets colored and shaded by its masterpieces, so its craft winds up seeming ominous even when the intention was benign. And yet, Sloppy Seconds never feels safe: even when it makes a bid for placid ballads: it's unkempt, raucous, and ridiculous; the hippie dream gone wrong. Which is why "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" cuts so deep, of course: these aren't true believers, they're grifters, happy that they've defied all expectations and have made a buck or two.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972385723
catalogNumber:
723857
Rank:
27119

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hook   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Dennis   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Sawyer   Guitar,Vocals
George   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hawaiian Guitar
Bill   Keyboards,Vocals
George Cummings   Steel Guitar
Jay David   Drums
Rik Elswit   Guitar
Billy Francis   Keyboards
Jance Garfat   Bass
Jay   Drums,Vocals
Dennis Locorriere   Guitar,Vocals
Ray   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Brown   Engineer
George Engfer   Engineer
Ron Haffkine   Producer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Mike Larner   Engineer
Roy Segal   Engineer
Tom Lubin   Engineer
Ron Coro   Art Direction
Silverstein   Composer

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Sloppy Seconds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This one is a little darker than their first album but with songs like "Freakin At the Freakers Ball" and "Cover of The Rolling Stone" its still an essential album for road trips. It does follow their previous album's method of combining party songs with heartbreaker ballads, but not quite as successfully.