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Crazy on the Weekend

Son House, Sunhouse Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Mar 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Independiente
  • ASIN: B000024BID
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic British album... 26 Feb 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Ironic that MOR goons like Coldplay & Travis have cleaned up with a similar kind of music to Sunhouse- who like Unbelievable Truth have been looked over in the folk-ish rock sense.
Crazy on the Weekend (1998) remains an absolute classic, 12 of the finest tracks that spring to mind, all in one convenient place. Sunhouse were probably most famous for having some songs featured in the rather wonderful Shane Meadows film 24:7, alongside artists such as Tim Buckley, Van Morrison & Nick Drake (which'll give you some idea where they're coming from). Hurricane emanates from an ep of demos, though here it has a distinct Dylan feel (harmonica, phrasing); another early single here is Animal, starting off in Paul Weller Wild Wood-territory (OK, John Barleycorn Must Die!), before moving into Screaming Trees/Mark Lanegan territory.
The title track ushers in the album, a song I think anyone can relate to, that has much in common with The Streets' Weak Become Heroes, Flowered Up's Weekender & The Specials' Friday Night, Saturday Morning. It's just the chilled, fragile, comedown side of these things...
Chasing the Dream is absolutely gorgeous musically, reminding me a little of Talk Talk's The Colour of Spring (not quite that wonderful, not that much is)- great backing vocals. Spinning Round the Sun is more minimal, not far from solo Richard Thompson.
Good Day to Die is another highlight, about "a child prodigy obssessed with death", it's up there with anything from American Music Club's Everclear (1991)...The rest of the album is as great: Hard Sun featuring Sinead O'Connor on backing vocals, the singles Lips, Loud Crowd & almost hit single Monkey Dead & the bonus track Second Coming (which follows the mania of Animal).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a class beginning 19 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
this is a stunning record. Gavin Clarke's voice sounds almost unnatural, almost the product of an angelic natural sound beaten into shape with whiskey and cigarettes. The sound the band achieve is incredible too - with a minimum of orchestration on opener 'Crazy On The Weekend', Clarke's voice drifts over a sparse acoustic backdrop like cigarette smoke over a bar table. Lyrically the album is dark, depressing and lonely, but that's what Sunhouse are about. Some of the 'louder' tracks aren't quite as successful as their more reserved moments - second track 'Hurricane' and closer 'Animal' suffer from almost having too much going on sonically - but in minimalist tracks like 'Crazy', 'Hard Sun', 'Loud Crowd' and the beautiful 'Lips' Sunhouse draw you into a world of solitude and urban desolation. Highly recommended.
I notice one of these reviewers says 'shame they didn't go onto better things'. Well, they did. If you like this record, I strongly recommend you check out 'Small Circle' by Clayhill - this is Gavin Clarke's new band, with Ali Friend and Ted Barnes. Lyrically Clarke has gone from strength to strength since his Sunhouse debut, and while the Clayhill sound is still pared down it is even richer and more immersive than Sunhouse. The Clayhill mix of urban acoustic musing and a working knowledge of electronica deserves to be huge - hopefully the band's appearance at Glastonbury this year will start them on the road to that. Catch them live if you can - hearing Gavin sing live is one of the few life-affirming experiences you can have in public.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in catalogues 6 Aug 2004
By Moog
Format:Audio CD
I have had this album for ages, in fact I have given all my friends copies of this and it is the stock fodder album.
I forget how good it is until it goes on and if you do put it on you are always asked...........
1/ Who is this?
2/ Where did you get it from?
3/ Where can I get a copy?
This is a class album, lost out there. In time it will resurface and everyone will wonder where they are etc.... There is also a funny story involving a friend of mine and Arnold Schwarzenegger loving this album as well ! There you go.
Just get it and love it. Your pennies are well spent, you will never get tired of this music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gavin Clarke and the world of Sunhouse 11 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Maybe its because I'm in a band, and this album has influenced everything we've done. Maybe it's because this album is always the first on the stereo when we get home from the pub. Maybe it's because Sunhouse split after this album was made. Maybe because this album is truely a classic.
If you are reading this review, and you are a fan of acoustic guitar based music, give it a try. Gavin Clarke's tortured lyrics could not fail twang at even the toughest heart strings, and track 6 'lips' is possibly the simplest, most beautiful love song ever written.
Sunhouse are totally under rated and the fact that Gavin Clarke et all have not gone on to truely better things is a tragedy. If you are a music lover, and want something exceptional for your record collection, you could do a lot worse than purchase 'crazy on the weekend'.
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Anyone who caught the film 24:7 by Shane Meadows, may have caught track 8, Monkey Dead. It was this song which inspired me to buy the album and I'm very glad I did. Excellent songs and a great lead vocalist lend this album a David Gray / Pink Floyd - esque quality. Fave song is 'Good Day to Die'. Has a good mix of both up and down-beat tracks to suit any mood and can't wait for another album fellas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album
great album. First head it at Bristol show and liked it then. Well recommended. Wonder why this band didnt release a few more albums.
Published 1 month ago by African-Brand
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cd but arrived in damaged box
Obviously I expect some wear and tear when buying second hand but the box was quite damaged, it had crack in the front and the bit on inside which holds cd was totally smashed so... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it about 10 years ago. Still one of my favourite albums!
I bought this after seeing TwentyFourSeven on its release. It is an outstanding,albeit melancholy album. No fillers, every track hits the mark. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CW UK
5.0 out of 5 stars True even if removed
It's all true. This is simply one of the greatest LPs ever recorded. Time, not sales figures, will vindicate Sunhouse.
Published 15 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem
Bought this just after it came out thanks to a compilation CD freebie from UNCUT/MOJO (I've forgotten which). Read more
Published 23 months ago by therover
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
A forgotten classic, quite stunning. Imagine what the follow up would have been like. Also selected by Mary Portas on Desesrt Island Discs
Published on 27 Feb 2012 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Just.....well, brilliant...!!
This is an album I bought in the late 1990s after hearing the title track played on the radio. I can't remember which radio station but I do remember vividly stopping the car,... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by P Jenkin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any music collection!
This album is 'old' 1998 - how did I miss it???
It's one of those albums which every collection should include - mellow, thoughtful and reflective = track 3 chasing the dream... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Someone Else
5.0 out of 5 stars Suicidal perfection
My favorite album, but I can't listen to it when I'm feeling sad. It's perfectly crafted and keeps getting better the first 10 or so listens, when it levels out and just leaves... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2009 by The Warbler
5.0 out of 5 stars Deleted!? A travesty!
I happened across this album after looking for the song credits at the end of a Shane Meadows film (he has used Gavin Clark's songs in almost all of his films) and almost... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2009 by MrDmented
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