Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds - La Araña Es La Vida album review

Hip swamp-rock star Kid Congo gets real gone for a change...

Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds La Araña Es La Vida album cover

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Not only does Kid Congo have the best rock’n’roll moniker since Johnny Thunders, but his lineage is also impeccable, having played in some of the hippest swamp-rock bands of all time, including stints in the Gun Club, the Bad Seeds and The Cramps. And he used to be the president of the Ramones fan club. I mean, Jesus Christ, this guy has always been on the fuckin’ ball.

La Araña Es La Vida is the fourth Pink Monkey Birds album, recorded in a high-school gym in Kansas (maybe) with a cracking band and a fistful of high-grade hallucinogens. Jangly, Stonesy rock’n’roll, gutbucket blooze and shimmering desert-pop ensues. Picture Elvis and Lux Interior writing a soundtrack to your prom.

No Gun Club? No White Stripes


Came from the sky like a 747. Classic Rock’s least-reputable byline-grabber since 2003. Several decades deep into the music industry. Got fired from an early incarnation of Anal C**t after one show. 30 years later, got fired from the New York Times after one week. Likes rock and hates everything else. Still believes in Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, against all better judgment.