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Album Review

The biggest Aussie fans are the only ones with a copy of Exotic Mail Order Moods, Kuepper's second LP in two years, which was recorded for mail-order sales only. Like the previous year's I Was a Mailorder Bridegroom, it's a surprisingly important release as opposed to a silly fetish, even though this time the guitar hero is in a covers mood. Kuepper's take on David Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World's title track (from 1970) is greatly superior to Nirvana's decent unplugged hit, using the same shimmer found on Frontierland. Covers of the Animals, Nick Cave, and even his old Saints' 1978 Eternally Yours classic "Memories Are Made of This" (a beautiful acoustic version, plus an odd, background hip-hop beat), plus eight other songs written by that ubiquitous, elderly composer, "traditional," form the rest of this LP. Roots music made more for modern tastes is an interesting idea.


Born: Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Though he formed the Saints with Chris Bailey in 1975, Ed Kuepper left the band before its biggest popular success (though after its best recordings). The Saints were one of Australia's premier punk bands, and Kuepper played on two albums before leaving in 1979 to form the Laughing Clowns, a band whose sound was jazzier and quite a bit more experimental than his former group. The Laughing Clowns released three EPs during the early '80s before their debut self-titled album appeared in 1982. Kuepper...
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