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Jon Wayne - Two Graduated Jiggers

Jon Wayne
Two Graduated Jiggers

Released 2001 on Waco's Goats
Reviewed by MrNick, 25/04/2007ce

On September 27, 1994, an album was released that changed the face of country music forever more. It was an album of country music recorded by a band of anonymous drunks in a session that must've given the owners of the studio a good story to tell for years to come. The music was underproduced and the instruments would slowly detune as the album progressed. The tracks were arranged in chronological order, so the sound became more alcohol fuelled as time passed on. The song structure would occasionally collapse into a maelstrom of producer input, accidentally hit notes, and inebriated studio banter. At the forefront of all of this chaotic mess was lead man Jon Wayne, a mysterious Texaphile with a thick Southern drawl and a total disregard for political correctness. This album was released and, in time, became a cult classic, even landing one track on the soundtrack to the film "From Dusk Till Dawn". The question was raised "How the hell do you follow up an album like that?" and seven years later that question was answered in the form of "Two Graduated Jiggers". This time around Jon Wayne and company have appeared to spent a little less money on liquor and dropped some cash on some of the infamous Woodstock brown acid. Generally, the songs are tighter on this album but this album is much more disorienting than its predecessor. This would be due to the fact that alcohol is influencing this album (though not as heavily as Texas Funeral) as well as Frank Zappa's album "We're Only In it For The Money". Samples are freely thrown about and studio effects are used liberally. As for the song writing, they're comedic and just as offensive as the last album (which apparently was offensive, I wasn't too shocked by anything) and have tighter song writing. Some of them are actually really catchy and get stuck in your head. Others are freeform, in-studio fucking around and more of that studio banter we've come to know and love. Some of the highlights of this album are Generator, a relatively straightforward song, Country Porno, Donkey Mule, and the album highlight Texas Jackin Ledge. The album ends on the 10 minute closer Texas Assonance, which is a glimpse into Jon Wayne's poetry career with some strange samples being played throughout. This last track gets a little dull but the samples give it a nice, creepy feel. I'd recommend this album to people who just want to listen to something fun and creative and people who are sick of the current state of country music. This album will probably become a cult classic just like its predecessor.

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