68 Comeback - A Bridge Too Fuckin' Far Lp [SFTRI]
68 Comeback - A Bridge Too Fuckin' Far Lp [SFTRI]

68 Comeback - A Bridge Too Fuckin' Far Lp [SFTRI]

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THE GENIUS OF JEFF EVANS!

68 Comeback, 1998's A Bridge Too Fuckin' Far is a double-album tribute to the memory of the group's late guitarist, Jack Taylor. Divided into four segments (Love's Sting, Dance Tyme, Mynd's Game, and Vintage Denim), the loosely conceptual album covers a lot of territory and leaves a whole mess of banged up Fenders in its wake. This time around Evans is joined in his rock & roll debauchery by the likes of Jack and Greg Oblivian of the Crypt-approved Oblivians. In addition to a fresh round of original numbers, the group takes on, and happily tears up, classics by Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Fats Domino. 68 Comeback's version of Cash's "Get Rhythm" is a stripped-down shuffle with hiccupping vocals, while their ocean-of-static-and-reverb rework of Orbison's "Evergreen" leaves only traces of the original's delicate beauty intact, but it still conveys the right mood and is, by 68 Comeback standards, sorta pretty. Again lined with energetic prose courtesy of Evans, the record's inside notes touch on staples like Sun Records, not selling out versus never being given the chance to sell out, and Evans' outrage over a certain ex-bandmate having stolen his girlfriend (no names are named, but many have guessed that the bandmate in question is Evans' ex-Gibson Bros. comrade/alt-rock sex symbol Jon Spencer). As with outfits like the Oblivians and even the Stooges, what makes 68 Comeback a great band isn't so much their technical prowess (or sometimes apparent lack thereof), it is the sheer intensity, sincerity, and sense of urgency with which they rough-up their guitars and drums and assault the microphone in a seemingly possessed attempt to spread the message that is rock & roll. Welcome to the new church, kids, and don't forget to tip the bartender.



Tracklist

Clean Yong 16
'68
You Walked In The Room
Shotgun Saw
Evergreen
Shake Your Hips
Get Rhythm
Muddy Boots
Boomerang
Bending Like A Willow Tree
Like Any Other Kind
The Wall
King's Road
That's How My Mind Works
In The Company Of Kings
Let It Rock
The Way I Walk
My Girl Josephine
Pink Pedal Pushers
Hoy Hoy
Route 66