To The Last Dead Cowboy
Debut CD: A perfect excuse to raise your glass and curse your boss. Pick it up and yell along, because, like us, you're mad as hell and you're not gonna take it anymore!!!
In between playing for tips and beer as the sometimes house bands for the long shuttered Augenblick and the venerable Rainbo Lounge, the Wacos pulled together enough tunes to make a record.
With the release of their DEBUT album, the line in the sand was drawn and time to round up the ignorant and the ignoble. Hard Country's fiercest line-up-- Jon Langford (Mekons), Dean Schlabowske (Wreck, Dollar Store), Tom Ray (The Bottle Rockets, Neko Case), Steve Goulding (Mekons, Poi Dog Pondering, Graham Parker), and Tracy Dear (The World's Greatest Living Englishman)-- forged 14 songs designed to make any last stand one helluva party. A perfect excuse to raise your glass and curse your boss.
But for all their rousing of the rabble, the Wacos have, ahem, a tender side as well. Their cover of the Bedlam Rovers "Bully" is spare and lovely and Jon's duet with Jane Baxter Miller on "Lake of Vinegar" reminds one of the Music Row duets they used to make.
When it came out, the din of complaints was formidable. Country magazine folks hated it! Rock and Roll mainstreamers didn't know what to do with it. Indie rock folks marshalled their sneers and their irony to lambaste it. Conservatives hated it (My GOD, a PRO-union song!), liberals hated it (they made fun of Bill Clinton on "$ Bill the Cowboy.")
And in Waco World, if you are pissing off that many people, well sir, you must be doing SOMETHING right!
Features such now famous manifestos as "Plenty Tough, Union Made," and "Too Sweet To Die." Pick it up and yell along, because, like us, you're mad as hell and you're not gonna take it anymore!!!
Plenty Tough Union Made
Too Sweet To Die
To the Last Dead Cowboy