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Album Review

This follow-up to Let's Spin from the previous year finds the Eddies with an new member, Prickly Disco (aka Adam Again's Gene Eugene), a little more silliness, and a little more novelty. Boasting 21 tracks, one gets the impression that they would have done well releasing the better songs for a really great album rather than lots of music with enough holes to rival a solid block of Swiss cheese. The band takes a step back lyrically, getting more forthright with evangelical Christian rhetoric on many songs which is distracting at best and artless at worst. Many songs here are excellent, and these save the recording. Songs like "Hide the Beer, the Pastor's Here," like many novelty songs, are funny for a moment or two but become irritating upon repeated listenings. Almost startling is the sincere, heartfelt tribute to Billy Graham. This little one-minute track changes the whole record. Strong points: "Driving in England," "Hell Oh," "Hold Back the Wind, Donna," and "Rubber Sky." ~ Mark W. B. Allender, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Stop Surfing!

Are you serious?! iTunes has made for sale this absolute CLASSIC of Christian cult music?! This is great stuff. A 21 track romp through zaniness. The single, "Hide the Beer, the Pastor's Here" got them in some trouble from some Christian colleges, but that's the price of pointed wit: Somebody may get hurt, including yourself! It's great to hear Gene Eugene again (under the moniker of "Prickly Disco") as he croons on "Billy Graham." This album is tremendously fantastic ("Mystery Babylon," "Rubber Sky"), insanely zany ("Coco the Talking Guitar," "Arthur Fhardy's Yodeling Party," "Don't Hate Yourself," "Attack of the Pulpit Masters") and criminally underappreciated ("Elimination"). There are also some moments of tenderness (aforementioned "Billy..." and "Yer Little Gawd") that really make me step back and say, DANG, this was one smoking record! It has stood the test of time. "We're swooning, we're spinning..." Great work, Eddies!

Gawd!

I bought this album on tape when I was in middle school and wore it out. I love all of these songs. Very pleased to find this on iTunes.

Slingshot snap brings Him back!!!!!

I first heard this album as I was shopping in a "secular" music store. When I asked an employee to set me up with a copy of whatever was playing, he told me that they didn't sell it and I'd have to go to the Christian bookstore down the road to get it. So, I did and wore the cassette out over the years. It's nice to finally see this available on iTunes. It's a strange and clever piece of work. It's often cheeky, seemingly irreverent, and sometimes just downright goofy but there's some serious spiritual stuff underneath it if you can get past what you think "Christian" music should be.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

After the release and subsequent disappearance of Daniel Amos' critically acclaimed Darn Floor Big Bite, Terry Taylor began to embark on a solo project, utilizing many of his fellow and former DA cohorts and drummer David Raven. As the songs began to come together, the project began to look more and more like a band project. And thus were the Swirling Eddies born, all members taking on phony names. Terry Scott Taylor was known as Camarillo Eddy. Guitarist Greg Flesch became Gene Pool. Bassist Tim...
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