Monday, February 20, 2006

Southern Culture on the Skids (SCOTS) -- MOJO Box

In the mood for some foot stompin' singing and good times? Do you like the B-52's? Southern Culture on the Skids (SCOTS) may just be the ticket. These guys and gals from North Carolina (shouldn't that be SOUTH Carolina?) put on one hell of a southern tongue-in-cheek show. Think white trash meets Einstein and you've got a little idea of what this band's all about. They toured a great deal before band member Rick Miller and his wife Sarah had a bouncing white trash boy this month.

Intelligent southern stereotypical bashing has been their claim to fame and not so much fortune. But I have to tell you, I try to catch them everytime they're in town. Their live shows remind me of Moxy Fruvous and Bare Naked Ladies ... long before their incomes doubled and they forgot how much fun singing memorable songs could be.

You'll have to do your homework before the show to sing along but it will be well worth it with songs like "House of Bamboo", "Camel Walk", "Eight Piece Box" (which features the band tossing KFC chicken into the audience), "Daddy Was a Preacher but Mama was a Go-Go Girl", and "Banana Puddin'" to guide your way. Good bets for their CD's include "Liquored Up and Lacquored Down" and "Plastic Seat Sweat." Self-described swamp pop, garage, R&B, and monkey-paw surf can't be wrong, can it? No ma'am. It's just what the winter blues doctor ordered on a blustery Friday night.

I've seen some mighty battles ensue over the fried chicken bit. They invite real purdy ladies up to join them for this song and hand out KFC chicken that usually gets tossed about or eaten in drunken gulps.

SCOTS shows are good (not so clean) fun and are appropriate for most ages. You'll enjoy the huge hair doo on bassist Mary Huff and the fun drumming of Dave Hartman nestled up in screaming crescendo to Rick Miller's energetic singing. Mary and Rick have been singing together since 1987 so they add subtle barbs to previously released songs that only diehard SCOTS fans can appreciate but hey, you're becoming part of the trailer park with this band.

Can you say "Too Much Pork for Just One Fork?" Thought you could. This band's too much fun for one night. Check out their website at WWW.SCOTS.COM.


Blogger bigshoulders said...

Great reviews here, Stacey. i'll definitely be coming back. You've nailed S.C.O.T.S. to a 'T'. i have enjoyed their shows for years, though i haven't seen them nearly as much as i've wanted. it seems i'm always a day late a dollar short on hearing of the shows in time.

i may post some rare S.C.O.T.S. stuff later this week. check back!
nice blog!

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