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  Bootlegs by Ghettobillies

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Artist: Ghettobillies
Title: Bootlegs
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2004

This live set was recorded over three nights in Chicago, and will at least give you some idea of what a Ghettobillies show is like.  With several CD's and EP's worth of high quality material to call upon, and one the tightest rhythm sections around to back their electrifying guitar driven sound, you get just over an hour of great 'live' entertainment.

Personal favourites are the wild and funky punk sound of "Steve", and "Larry's Song", as good a barnstorming piece of rock as you'll hear anywhere.  A bit of rocked up country in the shape of "The Theme Song" and "Line Dancer", as well as another great rock song in "Brand New Ass" are not far behind with regards to the highlights.

Several songs on subjects such as pornography, cross-dressing and strippers probably go part of the way to explaining their lack of wider success and recognition.  However, don't let that fool you, there is more to this band than just a bit if rudeness.  They also know how to write a good song and are capable of the sort of lyrical inventiveness that is sadly something of a rarity in today's mass produced music world.

Although at times this is a bit (well) uncouth and impolite, it also great fun from start to finish.  Best played loud, very loud!! Available from CD Baby.
Review Date: June 22 2007