Dan Hicks was and is a strange guy.. as equally renowned for his sparky, unpleasant personality as for his wistful, comic songs. He enjoyed a brief flutter of success with the Hot Licks in 1970-1972,with two albums in particular worth snapping up.. striking it rich and where's the money. Money is the live one.. arguably the better album, complete with Hick's strange on stage announcements. But striking it rich is the more accessible..
It's a sort of aural equivalent of a Robert Crumb cartoon, loosely based on a sort of Django Reinhart sound, but spiced up with some wonderfully barbed lyrics.
There are some stand-out moments: I scare myself, with a wonderful violin solo; a sexy I'm an old cowhand.. and my favourite the Laughing song, which in a few short minutes leaves you scratching your head. Is he serious or what?
Americans, some say, are woefully short of comic irony.. but Hicks has it in spades, and if you are up to clever but listenable-to music then try this. This was,is, and ever will be a great, great and eccentric record.