Thursday, October 1, 2009

Alvin Cash & The Registers - Twine Time


Y'all are going to think I'm insane, but this is a desert island disc for me. The subject matter is stupid, the recording is muddy as hell, the cover art sure ain't much, but I'm going to have more fun on my island than yours. This is the sort of gleeful boogaloo nonsense that bypasses your frontal lobe completely and is strictly built for dance.

Normally, I don't know anything about what I post and google's not a help. This time, there's all sorts of information on Alvin Cash, and I'm not the first one to rip this record, but I haven't seen it on blogspot (his singles, on the other hand, are all over). In fact, for once the information on the back of the album is surprisingly informative: Born in St. Louis, starts a dancing troupe with his brothers, catches the ear of Andre "Bacon Fat" Williams and gets picked up on Mar-V-Lus. Twine Time shoots to the top (and sure enough, it's not hard to find covers of it), he keeps at it for a while and never gets quite the same success and, correct me if I'm wrong, never releases another LP. He also appeared in a couple of movies. 

Seriously, everything on this has an addictive sort of bounce to it, and I actually kind of like the semi-nonsensical lyrics. One song is about not being able to see a hawk. One claims that a girl "shot him through the grease" and the album is packed with "awwwww but you're _____in ____, baby!"



I've heard this LP is a collectors item. I don't know, I got it off the amazon used marketplace for $20 lookin' pretty mint except for the holes in the cover, nothing claiming it's a reissue. The original Twine Time/Bump 45 (TWO SIDES OF FIRE) had a real badass Mushroom Cloud on the label, which might have been why I listened to Alvin in the first place

Listen and love it y'all

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

OoooWEEEE! Always liked the single, now I can finally hear the album. Thank you!
--Bill

Jason said...

Thanks so much! It's so great to hear some more of Alvin Cash!

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FML said...

Thanks for posting this great album from Alvin Cash. Unfortunately, the file in Megaupload (the unique working) is corrupted. Couls you repost it, please? Thanks a lot

Hunter said...

I reuploaded to megaupload though it seemed to just verify that I had one up... but I downloaded it and tested a track out myself, seemed to work

Hunter said...

(I updated the post but here's the link http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DRFTIDFI)

FML said...

Hunter, thanks a lot for reposting the album!! Sadly, when I unzip it, it gives me the same error: file must be damaged, and I cannot do anything. Thanks instead.