counted among their ranks some of the best-known and most-respected
Nashville rock musicians. They quickly became a major draw and released
their self-titled debut through John Prine's Oh Boy imprint. With the two-headed talents of guitarists/vocalists/songwriters Tommy Womack and Will Kimbrough, along with bassist Mike Grimes,
the musicianship is top-notch even as the garage aesthetic lends
considerable charm to the outing. Songs like the power pop of "Tommy's
on His Own" and the crisp, playful demeanor of "Anal All Day" are as
joyously silly as the lyrics imply. However, the insightful, clever
songwriting reveals depth on other songs like the smoldering, blues-rock
of "Betty Was Black (Willie Was White)," which deals with an
interracial relationship. They also do a gorgeous version of Richard Thompson's
heartbreaking ballad "Walking on a Wire" (included as a live version).
The emphasis is mostly on creating a gloriously fun racket, though, and a
listener would be hard-pressed to find a song more engaging than the
deft-blend of Handel and Chuck Berry on the inspired "Yo Yo Ma."