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Reverend Horton Heat’s first album was recorded live to tape at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording, where Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Nirvana had made their early work. Though “Psychobilly Freakout” helped codify the emerging genre of the same name, the Rev’s approach was more traditional than deconstructive. If anything, “Bad Reputation,” “Put It to Me Straight,” and “Baby You Know Who” revive the Western swing of Bob Wills by way of punk and grunge. The album’s core is contained in “It’s a Dark Day,” a murky slow dance that locates the connective tissue among X, The Wipers, and Elvis Presley.

Customer Reviews

Pretty danm good

You don not even have to be a big rockabily fan to enjoy this album. By far the Rev's best

The Rev's Golden Jewl

Believe it or not The Rev. did exist prior to the GH2 hype. His shimmering debut is the greatest example of his musical prowess. Buy it, hear it, live it.

Start Here, I Did.

In 1991 I bought everything I could find on the Sub Pop label, I had a voracious appetite for anything new. I found a copy of "Smoke 'Em" on cassette and it made quite an impression on my 16 year old eardrums. I really like "The Full-Custom Sound..." but this is my favorite "Rev" recording. Truly original, even by psychobilly standards, and a whole lot of fun. Yep, they are amazing live too! I recommend starting with this record, you won't be sorry. One warning, if you are a jaded rockabilly hipster, you may not enjoy the "Rev's" laid back, tongue in cheek rock and roll sounds. Too bad, this is rock and roll, not a four year doctorate program in zoology! If you are a genuine maniac, get a pack of your favorite smokes and a six-pack of Pabst, grab your best girl, take the chopped Mercury cruiser out for a spin and play this record at full volume. Need more insane rock and roll, search for some Flat Duo Jets, New Bomb Turks, Didjits and Supersuckers as well.


Born: 1959 in Corpus Christi, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Reverend Horton Heat is perhaps the most popular psychobilly artist of all time, his recognition only rivaled by the esteem generated by the genre's founders, the Cramps. The Reverend (as both the three-man band and its guitar-playing frontman were known) built a strong cult following during the '90s through constant touring, manic showmanship, and a twisted sense of humor. The latter was nothing new in the world of psychobilly, of course, and Heat's music certainly kept the trashy aesthetic...
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