september 16th 2002
Dogbowl (aka Stephen Tunney)'s career is already long (two albums
with King Missile (Dog Fly Religion) in 1987 and 1988 and nine albums since
1989, including two with Kramer), but unfortunately he hasn't had yet the success
he deserves. He might be paying the price for living alternatively across two
continents, Europe and America, which probably hasn't helped the development
of his career (first steps on Shimmy Disc, then two records on Lithium, one
on Eyeball Planet and the "Best of volume 2" on 62tv).
And yet, how many artists' repertory are rich enough to yield four "best of" collections, the fourth one being as good as any one of the first three ?
No track of this collection overlaps with the three previous volumes. it draws largely from my favourite albums ("Project success", the live "Cigars, guitars and topless bars", "The zeppelin record" and "Fantastic carburetor man"). These two records are indispensable, but be aware that the best summary of the whole first period of Dogbowl remains "Cigars, guitars and topless bars", one of of the best live albums in the history of rock music (along with, for instance, "Modern lovers live", "Backyard barbecue broadcast" by Giant Sand - also recorded at WFMU - and Johnny Cash "At San Quentin").
To complete the selection and make happy the fans who think they own all of Dogbowl's records, we have included two rarities ("Citroën" and "Another day"), two unreleased live tracks (a cover of one of the best singles by Devo and a memorable French version of "Womanizer") and three bonus tracks culled from the second King Missile (Dog Fly religion) album, that many of you probably don't know.
Finally, we regret that, of the three previous "Best of Dogbowl", only volume 2 remains available (on 62tvrecords). When can we hope for a reissue of volumes 1 and 3 ?
DOGBOWL : chasing
bare bones, the best of dogbowl volume 4
1 If you see me
4 & 15 from "Tit ! (an opera)",
All titles by Dogbowl (Stephen Tunney), except 10 (Mark Mothersbaugh), 21 (Neil Innes), 24 & 25 (lyrics by John S. Hall, music by Dogbowl)
Compiled by Pol Dodu, march-april 2002