A few years ago Cracker took on the moniker Ironic Mullet and had some fun playing country songs for a while. The mainly covers album Countrysides
is the artifact of that foray. It's got a particularly unique and educational track list, both characteristics highlighted by hearing the same sequence playlisted up from the original songs. Seeing the entire catalogs of Terry Allen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and even Dwight Yoakam open up before me is one of those little things that makes me realize how much of a blind man and the elephant my music listening life has been. And that Ike Reilly has a few more albums in Rhapsody as the Ike Reilly Assassination.
All source tracks are originals, execpt for Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother. The only Ray Wylie Hubbard version in Rhapsody is on a live album and includes quite a bit of banter that, while entertaining, dilutes the classic sentiment of the song.
Before the album was released, there was a great set of mp3 demos posted temporarily that also included "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly", "She Thinks I Still Care", "Let's Get Drunk and Screw", and another Cracker original called "Asshole Tonight" that's even less congenial to Virgin Records executive Roy Lott than "Ain't Gonna Suck Itself" (but more hilarious). That page is long gone, but I included the first song in the list here just because.Cracker Countrysides Source Material Playlist
(Rhapsody Software version)
Truckload of Art - Terry Allen
Duty Free - Ike Reilly
Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother - Jerry Jeff Walker
Sinaloa Cowboys - Bruce Springsteen
Family Tradition - Hank Williams, Jr.
The Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard
Reasons To Quit - Merle Haggard/Willie Nelson
Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room - Dwight Yoakam
Ain't Gonna Suck Itself - Cracker
You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly - Loretta Lynn and Conway TwittyAddendum
: Mainly as a service to people like myself, who spend alot of time listening to the Rhapsody through the browser player, I'm going to try to offer both Rhapsody Software and Online playlist versions. Let's see if this thing works:Cracker Countrysides Source Material Playlist
(Rhapsody Online Version)