Friday, 1 January 2010

Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones - Spiders in the Moonlight (1977)

Today is the first day of 2010 and many of you young whippersnappers will be nursing sore heads, so today I'm posting a suitably booze-soaked album of goodtime hillbilly music. Some of you might know Jeffrey Frederick and the Clamtones from his songs on 'Have Moicy' (which must be one of my desert island discs), though he remains more obscure than his misfit collaborators, The Holy Modal Rounders and Michael Hurley. These musicians have deep roots in the counterculture of the '60s, and it shows, not through extended guitar solos and cosmic sound effects, but rather through the outlaw spirit and the irreverent, anarchic humour that pervades many of these songs.

While The Holy Modal Rounders and Michael Hurley were both part of the East Village folk scene that spawned The Fugs, Jeffrey Frederick was a country boy, originally from Vermont, and later settling in Oregon, where he recruited the Clamtones and recorded this great album. Here's some footage of the band playing an outdoor reunion concert in 1993:

Jeffrey apparently lived a life as colourful as his songs and one of his bandmates has collected a bunch of stories like the one that follows, on the Freakmountain website.
"Another time Jeff had been on a 2 day drunk.He had charmed this chicken
into sitting on his shoulder.By Sunday morning the chicken had been sitting
there for 8 hours or so --The gang goes to the End of the Trail for Sunday
Brunch-- The restaurant is packed with the after church crowd from Carson--
-Vida comes to the table and sez--"Jeff,,, you cant have that chicken in
here!!"--So Jeff takes the chicken off his shoulder,sticks it's head in his
mouth and bites it off.The headless chicken goes flyin',floppin'and flappin'
thru the restaurant,squirtin' blood all over the sunday suits and dresses.Vida
was NOT happy.Jeff was kicked out for a few days. He had to sincerely

01 Rotten Lettuce
02 Lazy Bones
03 juanita
04 Toilet
05 Stolen Guitar
06 Beer Shits
07 Window
08 Rosebud
09 Oh Me Oh My
10 Singing to the Dentist
11 Let Me Down

Get it HERE, though I would encourage you to buy the completely remastered CD entitled 'Resurrection of Spiders in the Moonlight' from over here.


DeHypnotist said...

That album has been remastered and issued on CD as The Resurrection Of Spiders In The Moonlight. In fact, Jeff's widow, Kathryn Frederick started two Indie labels, one dedicated to Jeff's music. See for lots of stories and info. Plus that video will lead you to quite a few more Jeff videos up on YouTube. Also Jefffrey Frederick and Friends page on Facebook.

Steve here in London said...

Any chance of re-upping this one, please?
It would be great!

Roger Straus said...

Not sure what you're asking for-- the remastered Spiders and a number of other Jeffrey Frederick albums are avilable through on CD only due to the high cost of LPs. A new album of unreleased songs is in the planning stage and Have Moicy 2 -- sans Jeffrey and Snock -- has just been released.

Steve here in London said...

Thanks for the info. I was hoping for the link to be fixed to get it in mp3. ... if possible.

DeHypnotist said...

We have never offered the CD in that format, although I believe you can get it in MP3 from iTunes, Amazon UK and other streaming resources -- electronic rights are handled by a third party for us. We just sell CDs through the and websites and have let our previous distributor go. Until we find another, the only way to get our CDs is through those websites but, as I said, MP3 versions are widely available. By the way, a number of relevant videos are up on these sites and my YouTube channel, rogerstraus. I think that YouTube has also gone into the business of selling MP3s.

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