I, Flathead

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I, Flathead
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Studio album by Ry Cooder
Released June 23, 2008
Recorded at Little Pink Studio, L.A.
Genre Americana, roots rock, Tex-Mex, country rock, western swing
Length 53:08
Label Nonesuch
Producer Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder chronology
My Name Is Buddy
(2007)My Name Is Buddy2007
I, Flathead
San Patricio
(2010)San Patricio2010
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Review scores
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I, Flathead: The Songs of Kash Buk and the Klowns is the fourteenth studio album by Ry Cooder. It is the final concept album by Ry Cooder. It is the third in his "California trilogy", which began with Chávez Ravine (2005) and My Name Is Buddy (2007).[1]

The Deluxe Edition of the album is accompanied by a 104-page hardback book which included a CD in paper pocket, a novella (on 97 pages) and song lyrics.

The title is a play on the Isaac Asimov novel "I, Robot", but the flathead in question is the Ford Flathead engine.


Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Ry Cooder; except where indicated

  1. "Drive Like I Never Been Hurt" (Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder) - 4:07
  2. "Waitin' for Some Girl" - 3:48
  3. "Johnny Cash" - 3:08
  4. "Can I Smoke in Here?" - 4:19
  5. "Steel Guitar Heaven" - 3:40
  6. "Ridin' with the Blues" - 3:01
  7. "Pink-O Boogie" - 3:05
  8. "Fernando Sez" - 4:44
  9. "Spayed Kooley" - 2:09
  10. "Filipino Dancehall Girl" - 3:54
  11. "My Dwarf is Getting Tired" - 3:59
  12. "Flathead One More Time" (Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Jared Smith) - 3:12
  13. "5000 Country Music Songs" - 6:41
  14. "Little Trona Girl" (Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder) - 3:13




  • Producer - Ry Cooder

Recorded & mixed by Martin Pradler




year format label catalog #
2007 CD Nonesuch 511762


  1. ^ John Kruth, "Three (or Four) Chords and the Truth", Sing Out!, 51:3, Autumn 2007

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