CD has been on repeat since we've got it... addictive, crazed sugary pop music with darker themes... with Boston Chinks, Magic Kids, Jay Reatard band members- really the creme of the cropped Memphis crew, though lost on Jay Reatard's hard drive but rescued and put painstakingly back together by the band with Alicja Trout.
Here's what Goner had to say:
In the late 2000s, Memphis had The Barbaras, a handful of early-20s
music heads colliding in the midtown bar scene and making a racket that
captured VOM and Del Shannon in a blender. The band was great, the live
shows were insane—see the checklist below.
• Maniacal bearded frontman (Billy Hayes)
• Incredibly tall bassist (Bennett Foster)
• Synthesizer mastermind (Will McElroy)
• Boy-next-door guitarist (Alex Gates)
• An array of unbalanced drummers
• Crowd interference (Stephen Pope)
• Shows that included props, costumes and groupies
• Had a somewhat cult-like aura
• Always had fun and seemed to enjoy each other’s company
• Could induce grown men to strip and gyrate on the bar at a show
• Staged orgies, deaths and resurrections at live shows
• Performed ventriloquist act
• Wrote great absurd pop songs
One thing they didn’t do? Record an album. Although they tried. Jay
Reatard recorded them in fits and starts between touring, but after
taking two Barbaras (Hayes and Pope) for his road band and touring
constantly over the next few years, the group flamed out. The Magic Kids
formed in their wake. When Hayes and Pope eventually left Reatard’s
band and joined Wavves, he told them that he erased all of the Barbaras
In 2011, Goner was excited to find the sessions safe and sound right
where Reatard had left them, on his digital recorder. Alicja Trout
helped the band finish recording and mixing the tracks, and when paired
with their own recordings (plus some heavy-duty work from Jason Ward at
Chicago Mastering) it was clear their legacy held more than just a great
(and now out-of-print) single. There’s a Barbaras album after all—and
it’s a doozy.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 05 October, 2012.