ARTIST: Ed Hall
YEAR RELEASED: 1988
CHART ACTION: Are you kidding?
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I don’t think so
LINEUP: Gary Chester, Larry Strub, Kevin Whitley
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Austin-based punk rock weirdos release weird but compelling record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When the Butthole Surfers are the leader of your scene, you know things are gonna get weird. And while the band Ed Hall is definitely strange, they’re not AS strange as the Surfers.
This debut definitely wasn’t on the straight and narrow, though through the weirdness there are some good ol’ fashioned riffs, some catchy songs, and definitely some great out-front bass work. Still, the subject matter at times is…well…odd. “Candyhouse” is the best cut, but don’t sleep on any of ‘em.
Ed Hall sounds like they’re having fun, and they are. They’re also pretty tight, which you have to be to create some of their oddness and make sense. If you’re not afraid of a little derangement, it’s a good ride.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Ed Hall isn’t anyone. They chose a name to be as bland and generic as possible.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: Not for everyone, but those who would dig it, will definitely dig it.