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Endless Boogie “Long Island”

Uh oh, the next one is another Endless Boogie double album. That’s okay, it’s good… I’m listening now. This one has a cover image that looks like it could be a creepy landscape, like a huge hill, kind of a Lord of the Rings, unnatural, geological formation that is a hill and also a dude’s head. The first thing I saw was the head, in silhouette, and a face, big nose, long hair, beard and mustache, and one white glowing eye. I only know the record is called Long Island because of a sticker on the front, on the plastic shrink-wrap which is still intact, which also keeps me from opening up the album cover to see what’s on the inside. (Like song titles, credits, a poem, more stoner art?) I can’t open it though, so I try to peer in the crack—it looks like it might be a treasure map or possibly pornography, but who will ever know with this shrink-warp? Goddamn record collectors. I shouldn’t complain, since I’m a guest here at the cabin, and it’s nice of the owners to let me listen to the stereo. But it does make me think about the kind of toy collectors who collect toys that are still in the packages, never opened. Something about that seems totally wrong. I think there is a special place in Hell for those kind of toy collectors, and that is: Commander and Chief of Hell.

At least it’s possible to look at the label, which tells us that the band is Endless Boogie and the album is called Long Island (which makes me think of two things: one of the sequels to Harriet the Spy, The Long Secret; and Long Island Iced Tea, a cocktail I first drank c.1986 in a sleazy Eighth Ave/42nd Street cocktail lounge with cockroaches crawling on the liquor bottles. (I think the New York Times might be in that spot now.) Also, the year the record is released, and an infinity symbol/two dimensional rendition of a Mobius Strip. And song titles, my favorites being: “Taking Out the Trash,” “The Artemus Ward,” and “The Montgomery Manuscript,” which aren’t necessarily my favorite songs—I haven’t matched them up yet—I haven’t gone that deep—and I’m not going to, because I want to move on to the third big shadowy head record.

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1 Response to “Endless Boogie “Long Island””


  1. 1 J Curtis
    November 24, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I actually saw Endless Boogie play earlier this year, and was surprised to see this record in your reviews, since it’s fairly recent. I don’t really know this band’s music very well, but I think someone (or someones) from it also plays with the Swedish band Träd, Gräs och Stenar, which I like a lot. A friend of mine who is a fan of them described them to me as a kind of “krautrock ZZ-Top,” which one could also infer from their band name. But the kind of “krautrock ZZ-Top” that I imagined in my head before actually hearing Endless Boogie was way better than the actual Endless Boogie that I saw. I mean, they weren’t terrible, but it just wasn’t quite my cuppa tea. A little too much guitar soloing for my tastes. They may have some potential though — I mean, if you boogie endlessly, sooner or later, you’re bound to get some of it right.


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