The Shakin' Apostles Too Hot for Snakes (Big Ten)
Reviewed by Margaret Moser, Fri., June 30, 2000
The Shakin' Apostles
Too Hot for Snakes (Big Ten)Because Too Hot for Snakes was recorded live at the Continental Club, the 15 tracks crackle and pop with the flavor and fun of an evening at the South Congress nightspot. And because Freddy "Steady" Krc has drummed for country stalwarts like Jerry Jeff Walker as well as local New Wave band the Explosives, his move to the front of the bandstand and mike brings all that experience forth. Krc (pronounced "kerch") likes to call his music "electric western folk rock," and he plays it like a card sharp with a full house in hand. Eleven of the 15 tracks were penned by him (one is a hidden track) and taken from his three previous solo albums. Maybe that's why the few covers layered among Krc's own compositions fit so neatly; a phrase like "electric western folk rock" is bound to allow room for tunes from Moby Grape ("Fall on You"), Buffalo Springfield ("Rock 'n' Roll Woman"), the Byrds ("Long Time"), and the legendary 13th Floor Elevators ("Levitation"). In truth, this album won't make any record execs salivate -- they're too busy trying to sell you pretty pubescent faces to concern themselves with what rocks in a nightclub. But Krc and his Shakin' Apostles know what rocks, and prove it with tunes like "Rudy and Yolanda," "Give the World a Spin," "Devil's Hand," and "Wild Wild West." The hidden track, which doesn't sound like it was cut at the Continental, is a short little ballad wishing a friend "a belly full of whiskey" for his birthday and an appropriate closing track. A pierced navel and cute smile might land you the cover of Rolling Stone these days, but when Britney Spears goes from baby fat to cellulite -- and she will, you watch -- bands like the Shakin' Apostles will still be entertaining grateful nightclub crowds in Austin.