WESLEY WILLIS & THE DRAGNEWS: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: CD

It’s the end of the Old West. It’s the end of the old Gunsmoke. It’s the end of the old Western World. It’s the end of the gang gunfire. It’s the End of the Western (x4). It’s the end of the Good Old Days. It’s the end of the Olden Days. It’s the end of the Civil War. It’s the end of the Battle Days. It’s the End of the Western (x4). It’s the end of World War I. It’s the end of World War II. It’s the end of the horse carriage. It’s the end of the chuck wagon. It’s the end of the Western (x4). Rock over London. Rock on Chicago. Federal Express. It’s the world on time. Easily the best record i reviewed this issue. The rest o’ you oughtta be ashamed of yourselves. BEST SONG: “It’s the End of the Western” is legitimately amazing. “Make My Joyplane Crash and Burn” “Suck a Pitbull’s Dick” and “Love God” are similarly vunderbar. It’s actually all pretty good. BEST SONG TITLE: “My Keyboard Got Damaged.” Possibly “Gingerbread Knocked Me Out.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I am well aware of the fact that if most people own a certain critical mass of Wesley CDs, their drive to enlarge their collection, especially in these troubled financial times, drops off sharply, for completely understandable reasons (i.e., each and every song being a variant on the same man-and-keyboard theme, charming though it may be). Let the record show that there is enough variety in the recordings culled for this album that that particular ultra-mega-minimalist pitfall is short-circuited, and the naysayer might do well to say “aye” here – especially in light of the priceless bonus video clips of the late Mr. Willis at Taco John’s™ Corporate HQ attempting to get a songwriting gig, et al. That is to say that, you, sir, can’t shoot his harmony music down. Rock and roll will never die! Somewhere in the great hereafter, Drackulla is still screaming.

 –norb (Alternative Tentacles)