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The Bad Things

by The Bad Things

Junkyard Gypsy Polkas, Alcoholic Hillbilly Rave-Ups, and Sad, Sick Sea Shanties also called Post Apocalyptic Traditional Music. Celebration Music for the Broken Man.
Genre: Folk: Angry
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ashes
5:25 $0.99
2. The Longest Bar in the World
4:30 $0.99
3. Drinking My Devils Away
3:02 $0.99
4. Devils Riding Crop
2:29 $0.99
5. Lucky Man
4:10 $0.99
6. Town Square
2:01 $0.99
7. End of the World Polka
4:33 $0.99
8. Twilight
3:04 $0.99
9. Long Black Train
4:00 $0.99
10. Death of the Inferno
5:51 $0.99
11. Ochi Chyormie (Dark Eyes)
1:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Bad Things were formed out of the ashes of Seattle underground favorites A Midnite Choir. Taking their love of traditional music (gypsy, american, russian, mexican, etc.),black humor, and classic vaudeville/circus entertainment and adding a good dose of punk rock rowdiness to their live shows, The Bad Things have been entertaining audiences heavily under the influence since 2002.

"The Bad Things mixes folk, mountain music, and Klezmer into a seamless and delerious live show....the instruments are all acoustic (accordion, banjo, guitar, upright bass, and percussion)but the energy is bare-wire punk."
-The Stranger

"Combining Gypsy, Folk, Klezmer, Hillbilly Ballads, Mariachi Crooners, and a Vaudeville theatrical aesthetic, the group has a reputation for drunken debauchery and feverish dancing at their live shows....the group blends their old-fashioned style with a postmodern sense of black humor."
-The Tablet

"The Bad Things" is their first "official" release and the second on their own Silent City Records (the first being A Midnite Choir's "You Have Been Warned", also available from CD Baby). Recorded by Northwest legend Kearney Barton (The Sonics, The Kingsmen, The Ventures, Bonnie Guitar, etc. etc.)at his legendary Audio Recordings; recorded live using vintage 50's recording techniques, this CD truly captures the live intensity of a Bad Things show and maintains a "warmth" that you don't find in modern digital recordings.

Sounds best played loud under a full moon with a whiskey bottle.

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wonderful...just what i was looking for...anyone who liked this disc should cheak out the Denver bands: Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots, Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs, and 16 Horsepower, as well as the Minneapolis bands: The Knotwells and The Blackthorns.


Watch out!
This album is pretty damn good, but I've heard word that the next one blows it out of the water.


damn good
made me want to run off and join a band of gypsies.


Sitting on the cobblestone in your rags, you can watch them for free.
How do you recreate the sound of a vaudeville band when very little historical recordings exist of the genre? Well, you think to yourself, what kind of instruments did they have back during the Great Depression era? Guitar, banjo, upright bass, accordion and any simple percussion instrument that you could find in the dumpster. And what would you write about? Hard times, death, the healing power of cheap booze, the end of the world and hope of better times. And having a band of this size, a wide range of cultural influences would be written in to the music. Somehow, these musicians and poets pull it all together and make one fun, unique album.


Not just for grown-ups!
Not only do *I* love this CD and this band, but my five year old daughter does too. She pins it down fairly well, asking for "that crazy gypsy music" and then she dances all around the room. I love it because it's funny, smart, and danceable... see if you don't hear Poi Dog Pondering, a brush of Rotondi, a teensy bit of They Might Be Giants, and other influences. The band claims they've never even heard of Poi Dog Pondering, but the similarities are striking AND wonderful!

Nathan Jensen

Wagin' ragin' cajun
It’s a rare thing anymore for any band to go acoustic, and it’s even more rare for any band to start out acoustic. Yet what makes the first CD release of “Bad Things” perfectly unique is the manner in which they started acoustic. A photograph on the inside jacket shows their instruments, yet this curious combination must be heard to be believed – banjo, accordion, guitar, bass, drums, plus singing and unexpected surprises ranging from the slide whistle to the musical saw. As disparate these elements may seem, they unify quite naturally to what I discern to be a bizarre Cajun sound, a sound which can somehow malleably shift in both style and form convincingly.
Yet in addition to this generous musical curiosity are the lyrics and their delivery. As the title and cover-art seems to depict, the over-riding content of this album is its satiric perspective, a perspective which blends despair with humor such that the emotions of the former, which entail death, dying and the end of the world, can be appreciated from a good arm’s length. As such, the titles for these songs don’t begin to illustrate this satiric sentiment as much as the entirety of the refrains and the heartiness in which these refrains are rendered.
And finally, upon multiple listenings of this recording, it is this rendering of satire which will ultimately stick with you. As rare as acoustic bands are today, well written satire is even more rare. And for me it is the combination of the two which makes this CD a must-have. And yet, as much as I like this release, I am hard pressed to decide where in my collection to categorize it: Rock? Cajun? Alternative? Or perhaps I should create a whole new category for it: “Bad Things.”


ill with the sickness!!!


These guys rock hard!
The CD is awesome, but you gotta go see these guys live too! The show adds a billion points to their music. They get your toes stomping and the ol' arms flailing about with glee.

I recommend The Bad Things to everyone and anyone!

Beth Brettell

Fun and Dancey!!
What a joy this CD is!!! I hope to catch them live some time, I think they would be ever better! They are fun and I love all the different instruments they use. They come through on every song. My fav has to be "The End of the World Polka". Smoke-a, Joke-a, Choke-a!


Different and fun
What a pleasure it is to listen to this album. Their music makes me want to dance and the lyrics make me laugh. Never have bad things been such fun. I look forward to the next installment!!
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