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After The Flood: The 13 Favourite Albums Of Howe Gelb, Aged 12-16
Stewart Smith , June 11th, 2012 08:21

In a neat twist on our 13 favourite albums feature, Giant Sand's Howe Gelb talks Stewart Smith through his formative records from his teenage years in Pennsylvania


Cactus – Cactus

Then I thought, wasn't there a band called Cactus, I had a record by them called 'Parchman Farm' (a breakneck-speed blooze rock juggernaut which sounds like trash-metal reverse engineered by ZZ Top).

All this stuff was just a young kid being indoctrinated by the adventures of going to a record store and buying stuff, having no idea what they were going to be. Because I spent hard earned money on them, you wouldn't throw them away, you would just keep playing it. It would be like eating some kind of meal that when you're hungry enough, eating a whole meal, right down to the bone, of whatever it is, and listening and searching and observing, all those records did that.