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Album Review

After spending the first half of the 1990s as one of America's hardest-working independent bands, Southern Culture on the Skids took the bait and signed with a major label in 1995, releasing its fifth album, Dirt Track Date, on Geffen/DGC that year. Dirt Track Date proved to be something of a disappointment for the group's hardcore fans; nearly half the album's songs had appeared on previous SCOTS releases ("Eight Piece Box" hit plastic for the third time on this set), and while producer Mark Williams was sympathetic to the band's approach, the slightly grittier, more homemade sound of For Lovers Only and Ditch Diggin' better suited the band's Dixie-fried guitar textures than Williams' tidier approach. But while Williams cleaned up the band's sound a bit, he didn't rob Rick Miller's hot-rodded guitar of its power to shake the house, and if the set list is familiar to old fans, it makes for an excellent "Greatest Hits" set, with the chicken-scratch R&B of "Soul City," the faux-exotica of "Galley Slave," and the slow-turning dance groove of "Camel Walk" offering rockin' proof that there was a lot more to this band than hillbilly jokes. For Lovers Only is probably Southern Culture on the Skids' best album, but Dirt Track Date may well be the best place for first-time listeners to investigate the band's enchantingly warped take on American roots rock.

Customer Reviews

Great S.C.O.T.S. Introductory album

This is the first album I heard from S.C.O.T.S. and I was HOOKED! I now own most of their CDs.If you like Surf, Rockabilly,Rockin Country or Rock I think you will love something from this band.PS they put on a great live show also. Rick Miller is a fabulous guitar player !!

ITunes Please Change Your Album Review

I don't know who wrote the "official" ITunes ablum review for Dirt Track Date, but it is way off the mark. Dirt Track Date is the album that put SCOTS on the map. I have seen SCOTS live many times and you don't hear them play one song off of For Lovers Only...EVER!! Dirt Track Date is SCOTS best among many great albums. If you don't have it you need it. If you are only buying one SCOTS album this is the one. If you are a so called "hardcore fan" buy them all...on vinyl.

If this is your first SCOTS listen, it won't be your last

The title first and the band name second got it all started for my then-boyfriend (now-husband) and me. Our relationship really did start at a dirt track and in the South, so it was just meant to be that we would love SCOTS. We've seen them live once - only because the chances are few and far between. Dirt Track Date is a MUST! Then you'll want to listen to everything they've ever recorded - and to own it!


Formed: 1985 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Rock

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

True to their name, North Carolina's Southern Culture on the Skids offers an affectionate parody of local white-trash trailer-park culture, matching their skewed outlook with a wild, careening brand of rock & roll. SCOTS' music is a quintessentially Southern-fried amalgam of rockabilly, boogie, country, blues, swamp pop, and chitlin circuit R&B, plus a liberal dose of California surf guitar, a hint of punk attitude, and the occasional mariachi horns. Following an early incarnation as a relatively...
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