Friday, September 16, 2016

Song of the Day: "Crazy Horses" by Chick Cashman and Ron Reyes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Doll parts: Cashman (l.) and Reyes kick out The Osmonds.
  • Doll parts: Cashman (l.) and Reyes kick out The Osmonds.
Tapped The Osmonds ear-bender “Crazy Horses” for Song of the Day but remembered Tucson’s man-for-all-seasons Chick Cashman (nee Clif Taylor) and the killer takedown version he recorded last year with one-time Black Flag shouter Ron Reyes (and backed by rhythm aces Boyd Peterson and Jamie Peters). Lord do Cashman and Reyes make a fist-jacking bid to top the untoppable original.  

That original, a screaming anti-pollution screed penned by eldest Osmond bros Alan, Merrill and Wayne, found the group perhaps overcompensating their populist teen boogie while listening hard to, say, Buddy Miles, Mountain and Sweet, yet shamefully overlooked when rock ’n’ roll cred was being doled out. ( "Crazy Horses" was, you’ll note, about as sonically detached from Joseph Smith and “One Bad Apple” as anyone could be back in ’72). This version by soul bros Cashman and Reyes features all the funked-up glam and jizzy slam of the original while bettering any other version this digit has ever heard, including the much-ballyhooed yet comparatively limp takes by Electric Six, KMFDM and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. More, there are no tongues in cheeks. Among the heavy-wristed riffs and slashes, Cashman and Reyes are saying fuck irony, we absolutely adore this shit.



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