Drinking, Fighting, Fucking and Crying Title

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Full Custom Gospel SoundsStatement: You can drink to most any music, but not all music was crafted to drink to.

Furthermore, there is some music specifically made to accompany the act of drinking and, perhaps more specifically, intoxication.

Elaboration: If I’m having a couple of beers I can toss anything on. When I’m with my friends in Chicago, the ones I grew up with, the ones I socked it out in the Schlitz Family Robinson with, then it’s a different thing, and it’s going to require a different soundtrack.

The sessions are often an all night thing, and it goes deeper than just drinking. It’s a bonding thing. It’s a friendship thing. It’s sometimes a debauchery thing (not so much anymore, but when you hit your forties you can relive that debauchery and it appeases the same part of the brain)

With those guys, we can start out with any old tunes, but as the night gets later and the beer flows faster, certain artists and albums usually come into play. It’s not a specific sound but more an allegiance of theme that holds these sometimes seemingly disparate records together: The Butthole Surfers, Ike Reilly, Ween, and definitely The Reverend Horton Heat, whose 1993 record The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat seems specifically penned to get drunk to. Full Custom… deepens as an experience as it – and the night progresses. And by the time you hit the second side of the record, where the combination Loaded Gun – Nurture My Pig – Gin and Tonic Blues delivers a 1-2-3, Five AM crashes in for a knockout and, well, it’s too late to do anything but grab your bottle – a cold corona bottle perhaps, clutched in your right hand – and sing along at top fucking volume. It goes like this:

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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