Crazy Backwards Alphabet

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Crazy Backwards Alphabet
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Studio album by Henry Kaiser and Crazy Backwards Alphabet
Released January 1987
Recorded December 1986
Genre Folk-rock/
Progressive rock/
Alternative rock/
Avant-garde/
Musique concrète
Length 46:23 (LP version),
1:12:46 (CD version)
Label SST Records
Producer Henry Kaiser
Henry Kaiser chronology
Tomorrow Knows Where You Live
(1986)
Crazy Backwards Alphabet
(1987)
With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?
(1987)
Matt Groening chronology
Crazy Backwards Alphabet
(1987)
The Simpsons Sing the Blues
(1990)
SST Records chronology
Universal Congress Of
(LP)
Universal Congress Of
(SST 109)
(1987)
Crazy Backwards Alphabet
(LP)
Crazy Backwards Alphabet
(SST 110)
(1987)
Mystery Spot
(LP)
Angst
(SST 111)
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Crazy Backwards Alphabet is an album conceived by cartoonist and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and recorded by Henry Kaiser. The core group features Kaiser on guitar along with Captain Beefheart drummer John French (Drumbo), Dixie Dregs bassist Andy West, and Swedish avant-rock drummer Michael Maksymenko. The American rock critic Robert Christgau said of the album: "Concept is Beefheart as Dixie Dregs, kind of, with intermittent lyrics, not always in English."[2] It was released in 1987 (see 1987 in music).

Track listing[edit]

LP version[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Blood and the Ink" (Bob Adams & John French) – 5:02
  2. "Det Enda Raka?" (Michael Maksymenko) – 1:58
  3. "Get To You" (John French) – 4:30
  4. "The Welfare Elite" (John French & Henry Kaiser) – 3:52
  5. "Ghosts" (Albert Ayler) – 4:18
  6. "Lobster on the Rocks #2" (John French, Henry Kaiser, Michael Maksymenko, Andy West & Stuart Wold) – 3:15

Side two[edit]

  1. "Sarayushka (La Grange)" (Original Composition: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard•Russian Translation: Michael Maksymenko) – 2:26
  2. "Dropped D" (Bob Adams, Henry Kaiser, Michael Maksymenko & Andy West) – 7:53
  3. "The Book of Joel" (Bob Adams, Everett Shock) – 2:04
  4. "Bottoms Up!" (Michael Maksymenko) – 3:40
  5. "We Are In Control?" (John French) – 5:25
  6. "Maran II" (Michael Maksymenko) – 0:24

CD version[edit]

  1. "The Blood and the Ink" (Bob Adams & John French) – 5:02
  2. "Det Enda Raka?" (Michael Maksymenko) – 1:58
  3. "Get To You" (John French) – 4:30
  4. "The Welfare Elite" (John French & Henry Kaiser) – 3:52
  5. "Ghosts" (Albert Ayler) – 4:18
  6. "Lobster on the Rocks" (John French, Henry Kaiser, Michael Maksymenko, Andy West & Stuart Wold) – 3:15
  7. "Sarayushka (La Grange)" (Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard•Russian Translation: Michael Maksymenko) – 2:26
  8. "Dropped D" (Bob Adams, Henry Kaiser, Michael Maksymenko & Andy West) – 7:53
  9. "The Book of Joel" (Bob Adams, Everett Shock) – 2:04
  10. "Bottoms Up!" (Michael Maksymenko) – 3:40
  11. "We Are In Control?" (John French) – 5:25
  12. "Maran II" (Michael Maksymenko) – 0:24
  13. "No Doubt About It, I Gotta Get a New Hat" (Henry Kaiser) – 4:32*
  14. "Secret of the Telegian" (Greg Goodman, Henry Kaiser & Michael Maksymenko) – 6:17*
  15. ""Lite" Blue Mousse" (Bob Adams, Henry Kaiser, Michael Maksymenko & Ralf Nygard) – 7:11*
  16. "The Same Thing" (Willie Dixon) – 5:59*
  17. "Herr Magazine" (Bob Adams, Everett Shock, Henry Kaiser & Michael Maksymenko) – 3:04*
  • 25+ minutes, bonus tracks on CD only!

Personnel[edit]

Crazy Backwards Alphabet are[edit]

Special guests[edit]

Bob Adams - guitar, bass
Darol Anger - violin
Scott Colby - slide guitar, vocal
Harry Duncan - harp
Bill Frisell - guitar
Ralph Nygard - midi wind controller bass

Production crew[edit]

Henry Kaiser - producer/engineer
Phil Brown - engineer
Oliver DiCiccco - engineer
Mark Bryan Johnson - engineer
Matt Groening - artwork and album concept
Hugh Brown - photography
Recorded in 1986. Except 13 & 14 in 1987 and 15 in 1991.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boisen, Myles. Crazy Backwards Alphabet at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=1857&name=Crazy+Backwards+Alphabet