They said it couldn't be done, but someone finally made an album just as head-slappingly wrong as King Uszniewicz & His Uszniewicztones
' stunning debut LP Teenage Dance Party
-- and of course, who else could have done it but King U
and his partners in musical crime? Twistin' and Bowlin'
isn't quite as immediately startling as Teenage Dance Party
, if only because once you're aware such a phenomena exists, it's difficult to be as perplexed by it. But that's not to say Twistin' and Bowlin'
's musical qualities are any less amazing than on the earlier album -- if anything, King Uszniewicz
's talents as a sax player seem to have actually receded since his earlier recordings, as evidenced by the reeds-in-agony showcase "Black Saxes," and while the rhythm section is marginally less sloppy on these sessions, it only makes the woozy gang vocals and off-center guitar lines sound all the more confounding (and boy, does Logjam Lurch Patterson torture that whammy bar on
"Ruby"). Every bit as headache-inducing as a warm 12-pack of generic beer and capable of generating a lot more laughs, Twistin' and Bowlin'
is a glorious celebration of the possibilities of creative ineptitude, and the most unusual entertainment concept to come out of a bowling alley since shoe rental. Listen and be stunned.