Outrageous Cherry Universal Malcontents on Limited Edition Colored LP
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2009's Universal Malcontents is Outrageous Cherry's ninth album, a shimmering 10-track set of pop songs that once again showcase the band's distinctive mid-70s sensibilities. The album is evocative of artists such as early Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, Sparks, 10cc and Eno, and meanders at times into the improvisation realms charted by Amon Duul 2, Man, and early Soft Machine.
Hailing from Detroit, Outrageous Cherry has reached well-deserved cult status by releasing amazing psych/pop albums on labels such as Bar None, Mind Expansion, and Alan McGee's Poptones, to name just a few. Many of their songs have appeared in movies, and their cover version of "Lord Have Mercy on Me," recorded for Fat Possum's Junior Kimbrough tribute album, graced the opening credits of the film Black Snake Moan.
Frontman Matthew Smith has also produced albums for the Go, Nathaniel Mayer, Paul "Wine" Jones, and others, and has played with Epic Soundtracks, Andre Williams, the Witches, and Destroy All Monsters. Guitarist Larry Ray was a member of 70's Detroit rockers the Ivories, and played with legendary psych/folk guitarist Ted Lucas (Spike Drivers/Misty Wizards). Bassist Sean Ellwood was a member of the Cyril Lords and Reptile Forcefield, while drummer Samantha Linn has played with Little Claw and the Arch Mystics.