COWBOYS INTERNATIONALÂ® – “THE ORIGINAL SIN” (1979)
Without a doubt, check this is one of the great unsung albums of the original post-punk era. I’ve spun this record more times than almost any other period, outside of perhaps the obvious collected mass of Joy Division, Gang of Four and PiL stuff. It’s smart, fun, danceable, charming, unique, and most of all, catchy as fuck. Trouser Press sez:
Ken Lockie, an early cog in the loose Clash/Pistols axis that revolved around guitarist Keith Levene and eventually led to the creation of Public Image Ltd., is the man behind Cowboys International. The ’70s edition specialized in deceptively chipper numbers about fear, loathing and love betrayed. Credited to Cowboys InternationalÂ®, The Original Sin is a cornucopia of clever and well-tooled high-tech pop songs (“Thrash” was the one that got club play at the time), each a should-have-been hit. Lockie’s vocals provide a human counterpoint to the crisp metallic happenings in the instrumental work, aided by a musical team that includes original Clash drummer Terry Chimes as well as a guest turn by Levene.
I wish I had a better-quality encoding of this album, but alas, it remains at 128k. Do not let that deter you in any way, friends, for the music on this vinyl rip is so infectious that you’ll tear your own eyes out if you find yourself suddenly without it. (I would post the entire “Revisted” CD re-release instead, but the mastering on it sounds way thinner, and ultimately less inviting than this rip.)