Dharma Bums – Haywire – Cassette
Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal
Frontier Records 1989
The first (and best) album by Portland, OR’s Dharma Bums is a solid piece of late-’80s American indie guitar pop, a little too light on personality to make it really big, but quite fun on its own merits. Scott McCaughey produced the album, and the loose-limbed, country-tinged pop/rock of his then-band the Young Fresh Fellows is obviously the Dharma Bums’ most direct inspiration; songs like “Boots of Leather,” “Jet Pilot,” and “Farmyard” have the Young Fresh Fellows’ characteristic mix of whimsy and muscle, though the lyrics are less clever than McCaughey’s own. Jeremy Wilson’s hoarse voice is perhaps a little too rough-edged for the tuneful twang of Eric Lovre’s jangly pop tunes; the overall effect of songs like “Cruel Acres” is that of Paul Westerberg fronting Guadalcanal Diary.
Boots Of Leather
Hope Of The Hour