Sunday, July 13, 2008

Living In Texas - Cowboy Dream

1987 saw Living In Texas switching to the Big Beat label to release their Cowboy Dream mini-LP, which continued the blunting of their former hard-edged sound, despite the addition of a second guitarist, Jeffrey Wallace. The disc opens with "The Yellow Rose of Texas," in which the band takes their name literally for a bit of western-style doo-wop (!). The earlier fire breaks through in parts of the second track, "The Civilised World," and again on side 2 in their cover of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life." "Cowboy Dream," presented in two versions, flirts with a reggae beat, and "Julia's Child" revisits the slow-burn goth style of some of their earlier songs. And that's it, there are just six tracks on this record. It's not bad by any means, but it's a far cry from the boisterous glory of Glad, Bad, Sad & Mad. Get Cowboy Dream here or here. (Cover art is again by guitarist Daniel Glee; I don't usually include the back cover but I did this time because Glee's work there is the mostly lively part of the record.)


Anonymous said...

Don't suppose you'll be posting 'Fastest Men Alive'? I bought everything released by L.I.T after initially seeing them supporting Spear of Destiny but loaned this one to somebody many years ago and would like to get hold of it again.

Fantod said...

Yes I soon as I find it! I have it somewhere, it's just eluding me for the time being.