1996 Bloodshot Debut on Wax for the First Time as a Standalone Release!
This one'll set your hair on fire. True punk mettle fearlessly cross-bred with deep country soul. Old 97s' Bloodshot debut, Wreck Your Life, recorded in the attic of a house in the nascent hipster Ground Zero neighborhood Wicker Park, by the favorite sons of Dallas is chock full of blinding stutter guitar, soaring vocal harmonies, and keen songwriting. Find out how it all started.
Features cameos by Jon Langford (on his tune "Over the Cliff" ) and yodeling legend Don Walser ("Old Familiar Steam.") Twelve hard-charging Texas now-classics including "Victoria Lee" and "Big Brown Eyes" as well as blistering covers by Bill Monroe (the bluegrass meets drag strip race version of "My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin'") and the Disney chestnut by the Three Caballeros "You Belong To My Heart."
Wreck Your Life documents a band hitting its stride, the confidence growing as quickly as the crowds, and it holds up beautifully. Forebears like the Everlys and Simon and Garfunkel that we were too stupid or young or hungover from sweaty shows to recognize at the time shine even brighter now, alongside the more energetic, obvious influences that drew a line from the House of Cash to the alley behind legendary Chicago punk club Lounge Ax.
Roots-rock scares come and go, but the kind of energy, lyrical talent and inventive alchemical acumen that Wreck Your Life has in spades never falls from favor. The Old 97s were well on their way.