Release Date: Apr 1995
Record Label: Battery Records
Genre: Dance, DJ & Electronic
Duration: Album or EP
1. Cotton Eye Joe
2. Hittin' the Hay
3. Riding Alone
4. Wish You Were Here
5. Mary Lou
6. Old Pop in an Oak
7. Nowhere in Idaho
8. Sad but True Story of Ray Mingus...That Could Be Derived From ...
9. Fat Sally Lee
11. McKenzie Brothers
12. Rolling Home
13. Wild and Free - (remix)
14. Cotton Eye Joe - (Slide to the Side Mix)
Playing time: 51 min.
Contributing artists: Terry McMillan
Producer: Anders Hansson, Anders Hellquist, David Millingting, Denniz PoP, Janne Ericsson, L. Teijo, Lee Van Cleef, Max Martin, Pat Reiniz, Rednex, Sir Stefan Een
Distributor: BMG (distributor)
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
Personnel includes: Goran Danielsson, Annika Ljungberg, Michelle Anenberg, Cool James, Pat Reiniz, Janne Ericsson, Zeb Macahan, Henrik Widen, Stefan Cevaco, Sir Een, Anders Hansson (vocals); Bjorn Lagberg (vocals, bass); Jean-Paul Wall (vocals, whistle); Henrik Jansson, Anders Hellquist, Clint Eastwood, Jerry McPherson (guitar); Uffe Sterling (steel guitar); Gary Johansson, Kjell Johansson (banjo); Bosse Nilsson (violin); Terry McMillan (harmonica); Ari Haatainen (accordion); Henrik Widen (piano); Brian Tankersley (piano, bass); Anders Lovmark (drums).
Recorded at Future Crew Studios, Cheiron Studios, Eurosound Studio, Janglers Inn, Hansson Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.
Rednex, a Swedish band, plays square-dance music with a techno beat, and had an instant dance-floor novelty hit with the opening track of this debut album. "Cotton-Eye Joe," which shows up again, remixed, as the album's final track, is an old American folk song, but Rednex gives it a new European treatment. The sawing fiddle rides atop a sawing synthesizer, and the brief, bubbly banjo break is set to an electronic Eurobeat.
The rest of the album maintains the same basic pattern: old saws from the American West twisted like spaghetti into new sounds from the European West. "Riding Alone" is the old I-ain't-got-no-home story; "McKenzie Brothers" is an exaggerated outlaw tale. Occasionally the techno beat is abandoned for a straight cowboy sound, but the toungue-in-cheek feel never goes away. This is a band proud to wear its corniness on its sleeve.
The most amazing thing about this fusion is that no one thought of it before. Techno, with its basic melodies, repetitive structure and its easy accessibility to anyone with a cheap keyboard, is modern folk, a cyber-age equivalent of cowboy music. Maybe it just took a novelty band to make it obvious. Or maybe, if you think about it, Rednex isn't such a novelty after all.
Personnel: Henrik Widen (vocals, accordion, piano); Chris Stewart, Hanna Wanngärd, Cool James, Annika Ljungberg, Stefan Cevaco, Lotten Anderson, Pat Reiniz, Hoss, Jean-Paul Wall, Joe Cartwright, Janne Ericsson, Bjorn Lagberg, Jeanette Söderholm, Sir Stefan Een, Zeb Macahan, Anders Hansson (vocals); Clint Eastwood , Henrik Janson, Anders Hellquist, Bonne Lovman, Jerry McPherson (guitar); Uffe Sterling (steel guitar); General Custer (banjo); Ove Sandberg, Terry McMillan (harmonica); Ari Haatainen, Randy Leago (accordion); Brian Tankersley (piano); Anders Lovmark (drums).
Audio Mixers: General Lee; Denniz Pop; Alias Smith & Jones; Jolly Jumper; Bud Spencer; Hopalong Cassidy; Billy the Kid; Lee Van Cleef; Max Martin; Anders Hansson; Calamity Jane.
Audio Remixer: Brian Tankersley.
Unknown Contributor Role: Brian Tankersley.
Arranger: Chris Stewart.
"Featuring 'Cotton Eye Joe,'" reads the red stripe running across Rednex' debut, trumpeting "The sports arena hit!" Everyone from football supporters to face-painted NFL fans got their elbows a-flyin' to this backwater Euro-dance novelty, the template for tracks like "Hittin' the Hay," "Riding Alone," and "Fat Sally Lee." Robotic fiddles stutter over plasticized dance thumps as the vocalists have a good old time mugging on the mike, sounding like aliens who learned to "talk all human 'n' stuff" from intercepted transmissions of Hee Haw. ~ Johnny Loftus
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