I Can't Get That Evil Wiener Song Out Of My Head
Hypno-Vista Records HV - 7
|Evil Wiener is Groves Willer, Chuck
Garrison and Bill McCormick
HYPNO-VISTA RECORDS PO Box 564 Chapel Hill, NC 27614
" I Can't Get That Evil Wiener Song Out Of My Head"
BY CHRIS TOENES
If you've frequented many of the local music joints in this area, particularly in the fair region known as the
Paris of the Piedmont, then those catchy little numbers penned by Chapel Hillian Bill "Billy Sugarfix"
McCormick are virtually in the air you've been breathing.
This collection represents local friends and neighbors who've been internalizing the music of Evil Wiener for
as long as they've been here. Visions of gumdrops and haunted houses and striped-shirted troubadours
dancing in their heads, they have now turned out their own translations of McCormick's songs. The simple
structure of the originals allows for a lot of interpretive play by those covering the melodic jewels, and some
took this opportunity to great success, honoring McCormick's tunes while giving the listener a whole new
animal altogether. Take brilliant standout "Fairy Tale", redone by The Stray Sod (Chuck Johnson and Amy
Wilkinson), which captures the magical, otherworldly nauces of the original, but takes it to wholly other
place. Bass-driven dark overtones creep in, piano tinkles throughout, until Wilkinson's captured
environmental recordings of birds give the song a sense of place: making this fable very real. Ghost of
Rock strips bare "Bad Manners", hops up the tempo and thanks to whiskey and Bud, finally takes
advantage of the innocence therein. Never thought you'd hear George Jones do and EW song? Try $2
Pistols' "Silver Dollars." Three Torches evoke a cigarillo-smoking Nick Cave with their "Haunted House,"
Holy Roman Empire float "Maria" on a luminescent cloud of harmonium and delicate vocals, and Shallow
Be Thy Name check in nicely with an upbeat strummer on "Mary Poppins." Poncho Holly gives a tweaked
sense of unrest to "Ann Can," with spiraling guitar that fades out into loops and feedback. Work Clothes
stretch out "Marching Band," giving it a somber tone. I Can't breaks the rules of tribute records, and
actually sounds great, whether or not you're and Evil Wiener fan.