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Tin Huey

Tin Huey were an experimental/New Wave rock band from Akron, Ohio who exhibited a large Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheartinfluence whilst still sounding singular and original. Like contemporaries Devo a style of music that could be described as quirky,however it could be said that Tin Huey had a wider palette of sound; with a noticeable jazz influence. Their lyrics were also lesslimited than Devo's, having a variety of funny, interesting topics. Whilst it is easy to dismiss Tin Huey as just another bandtypical of the Akron sound and paling in comparison to the competition, this could not b ...read more

Tin Huey were an experimental/New Wave rock band from Akron, Ohio who exhibited a large Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheartinfluence whilst still sounding singular and original. Like contemporaries Devo a style of music that could be described as quirky,however it could be said that Tin Huey had a wider palette of sound; with a noticeable jazz influence. Their lyrics were also lesslimited than Devo's, having a variety of funny, interesting topics. Whilst it is easy to dismiss Tin Huey as just another bandtypical of the Akron sound and paling in comparison to the competition, this could not be slightly further from the truth, asalthough it can be more than simple to note the similarities to other experimental bands from that era, the similarities aresuperficial at best and extended listening reveals an imaginative and wholly original band.

Tin Huey were signed up in the same frenzy in which many New Wave in Ohio were signed up, and when their debut albumContents Dislodged During Shipment (1979) failed to sell they were dropped. The album languished in obscurity since then despite attracting such fans as dean of American rock criticism Robert Christgau (indeed this may be the reason why it was destined to obscurity). Frontman Chris Butler would find later success with his subsequent brainchild The Waitresses whilst saxophonistRalph Carney would become a formidable session musician (Tom Waits, B-F2s, The Black Keys). in 1999 they would release asecond album Disinformation and has performed since. « hide

Similar Bands: Devo, Pere Ubu, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, The Waitresses

Contents Dislodged During Shipment
1979

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