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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

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