The Skinny Elvis

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
In 1992, with the remastering and assembling help of Kerr and longtime producer Spot, Touch and Go thankfully reissued the entire Big Boys oeuvre on two discs, preserving what by then had become a terribly out-of-print or hard-to-find back catalog scattered across several labels. As the title implies -- also making a joke on the then current decision between a slender or portly Presley for a stamp -- Skinny Elvis collects the releases from the first part of the Boys' life in 1980 and 1981. Including the hyper-rare debut single "Frat Cars" was a good move to start with, while adding the Boys' half of the Recorded Live at Raul's Club split album and Where's My Towel resulted ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
In 1992, with the remastering and assembling help of Kerr and longtime producer Spot, Touch and Go thankfully reissued the entire Big Boys oeuvre on two discs, preserving what by then had become a terribly out-of-print or hard-to-find back catalog scattered across several labels. As the title implies -- also making a joke on the then current decision between a slender or portly Presley for a stamp -- Skinny Elvis collects the releases from the first part of the Boys' life in 1980 and 1981. Including the hyper-rare debut single "Frat Cars" was a good move to start with, while adding the Boys' half of the Recorded Live at Raul's Club split album and Where's My Towel resulted in a killer hour of Big Boys brilliance. The sound is faultless, letting the Boys jump out of the speakers like never before. Complete release notes are a bonus, as are reproductions of the original sleeves. The real fun in the packaging, however, comes from the tons of archival photos and testimonials from other musicians: Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Ian Mackaye, and Gary Floyd, among others, offer up some amazing stories -- the recollections of the live shows make even the outrageous concert snapshots look tame -- and Byron Coley gives a nice precis of the band's history. The funniest bit has to be the rejection note from Columbia Records in 1980, wherein a perhaps well-meaning but still clueless executive tries to give "honest advice," only to inadvertently expose himself as an out-of-touch old fart. As for those photos, seeing Turner in a wig, makeup, and some sort of sequined or lame top with a baby-doll leopard-skin semi-mermaid duct-taped to his wrist is just one highlight of many.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/1993
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • UPC: 036172079827
  • Catalog Number: 98
  • Sales rank: 56,615

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Frat Cars (1:35)
  2. 2 Heartbeat (3:20)
  3. 3 Movies (2:19)
  4. 4 Mutant Rock (2:11)
  5. 5 Detectives (3:00)
  6. 6 Out of Focus (2:19)
  7. 7 Psycho (3:52)
  8. 8 Red/Green (2:28)
  9. 9 In the City (3:02)
  10. 10 Night Beat (1:44)
  11. 11 After 12:00 (3:12)
  12. 12 Security (0:53)
  13. 13 T.V. (2:26)
  14. 14 I Don't Wanna Dance (2:04)
  15. 15 Identity Crisis (1:48)
  16. 16 Thin Line (3:30)
  17. 17 Advice (1:07)
  18. 18 Complete Control (3:09)
  19. 19 Work Without Pay (2:33)
  20. 20 Spit (3:10)
  21. 21 Act/Reaction (2:35)
  22. 22 Self Contortion (2:05)
  23. 23 Wise Up (1:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Boys Primary Artist
Steve Collier Drums
Chris Gates Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Low Growls Background Vocals
Tim Kerr Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Chainsaw
Greg Murray Drums
Randy Turner Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Rollins Liner Notes
Big Boys Producer
Spot Liner Notes
John Burton Producer
Dr. Patterson Barrett Engineer
Bill Daniel Liner Notes
Dan Dryden Engineer
Gary Floyd Liner Notes
Chris Gates Sound Effects
Steve Hayden Producer
Tim Kerr Contributor, Remastering
Mark Rubin Liner Notes
Glenn Taylor Liner Notes
Ian MacKaye Liner Notes
Buxf Parrot Liner Notes
Byron Coley Liner Notes
David Bean Producer
Steve Anderson Liner Notes
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