Dave Cloud And The Gospel Of Power Today Is The Day That They Take Me Away on LP
Dave Cloud might not have invented '60s garage rock by some 20 years, but he totally re-invented it somewhere between Roky Erickson, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits and The Turtles, rasping and wheezing through some of the looniest most lascivious care-free tunes you'll ever hum or bellow. It's been left to an inner sanctum of musical cognoscenti to laud the legendary outsider, who plundered '60s garage rock and artfully re-invented it as his own on the borders of grunge, lo-fi, hallucinatory fantasy and come-down sleaze.
Dave never did get a decent shot at the title, a victim of the tide and safe consensus - barely a soul played or reviewed "Damn Damn Damn Damn," which chimes and reverberates as an unlikely but plaintively perfect pop song with a sassy twist and lip-curling swagger, that early Tom Petty or The Strokes would have been proud of. Dave, RIP and Damn Damn Damn Damn the indifference and musical mediocrity that confounded and surrounded you in your lifetime, but if there's any justice in the after-life, your legend will rightfully live on. Today Is The Day That They Take Me Away is a fitting epitaph to an otherwise ill-fitting musical enigma.