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Artist: LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY, THE
Title: Paralyzed!: His Vintage Recordings 1968-1981
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Killer presentation of the earliest recordings of this Texas hero, including all 4 of this singles for the Mercury label, cut in the late 60s. Plus unreleased tracks and the 1984 album, Rock-it To Stardum. Typically great EM Recors booklet with old photos and lyrics, etc." - FE. "It might be the weirdest piece of music ever committed to tape in Fort Worth. On Paralyzed, an explosion of madness recorded at Sound City Studios on Camp Bowie Boulevard in 1968, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy thrashes away at a single guitar chord over a rudimentary two-beat, tunelessly bellowing indecipherable lyrics and whooping like an Indian in an old western movie. In the middle of the song, theres a drum solo that sounds like someone dropping trash cans down a flight of stairs, followed by a blatting bugle. The pandemonium starts up again only to subside, like the end of an epileptic seizure. Hearing the song for the first time is disorienting, to say the least. Its impact is both hilarious and primal. Norman Carl Odam is an unlikely musical hero. Thats the name the Leges parents gave him when he was born, in Lubbock in 1947. But since high school, hes called himself the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. He has an extremely limited vocal range, has trouble singing in time, and can barely play his instruments. Yet, some surprising people like him. Chameleon-like British rocker David Bowie based his Ziggy Stardust character on the Lege after receiving a copy of Paralyzed from Mercury Records upon signing with the label in 1968." - EM.

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