Friday, April 28, 2006


I have a fan!

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From: [redacted]
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 05:09:36 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: to who wrote the hank III review

Are you serious with the Hank III review?? The new time you think about writing a review of a band/style you obviously know nothing about you should go back to jacking off...(insert hip emo band of the week here) to keep your hands busy away from a pen,pencil,keyboard,crayon or whatever it is you use to write your jerkass reviews.

The review in question:

Straight To Hell
Hank III, who divides his time between honky-tonkin’ and thrashing with Superjoint Ritual, hasn’t put out a country record in three years. It’s too bad he’s only written three genuinely good songs in the interval – “The Pills I Took,” “My Drinkin’ Problem” and “Angel Of Sin.” The other ten tracks on the first disc of this 2CD set are rants about how much he hates pop country, festivals of name-dropping (he drinks with David Allan Coe, listens to George Jones and thinks Kid Rock is a poseur – impressed?) and cartoonishly clich├ęd drunken-hillbilly pseudo-anthems that veer close to minstrelsy. His psychobillyish strum ‘n’ twang is occasionally improved by some psychedelic production tricks, reminiscent of Butthole Surfer pals the Bad Livers. Disc 2, a 40-minute sound collage with occasional songs, wallows in such excesses. At this rate, he’s the GG Allin of country, and no matter who your grandfather was, that’s disappointing.

I admit it - when I saw that e-mail in my box, I kinda hoped it was from ol' Hank III himself. I'm a bit shocked his fans read Alternative Press, too...

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