Quireboys - White Trash Blues album review

Same ol’ song and dance, my friends

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Holy shit, boys. There is no bigger cliche in rock’n’roll right now than aging glam-rockers suddenly discovering the blues, so this record is probably inevitable, but longtime fans expecting another roadhouse wallop like 2016’s Twisted Love are in for a whole different experience altogether. Of course, the Quireboys were throwing in bluesy touches since the beginning – there were boogie-woogie piano rolls and Chuck Berry riffs ways back on their 1990 debut A Bit Of What You Fancy – but White Trash Blues takes their affection for the stuff all the way.

A collection of blues standards originally recorded by Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, Rufus Thomas etc, you’ve heard them all before, oftentimes by Ratt. Quireboys frontman Spike was born to wail the blues and he’s magnificent at it, but this stuff was pretty beat even when the Stones were mining it a lifetime ago. Essentially this is Honkin’ For Bobo for the cool kids. (Shrugs.)

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.