Published Jun 06, 2014While we've seen CD reissues of no wave icon Lydia Lunch and former Birthday Party guitarist Rowland S. Howard's Shotgun Wedding collaboration, the vinyl edition has been out of print since its original 1991 release. That's all about to change, though, as a new pressing is set to arrive via reissue hub 1972 Records on August 19.
A press release notes that the album was the latest chapter in the duo's collaborative history, first started up in the early '80s when the two would perform "improvised clamorous live séances" on tour as the opening act for Howard's Birthday Party. While the twosome delivered the Some Velvet Morning single for 4AD in 1982 and Howard contributed to Lunch's 1987 solo set Honeymoon in Red, Shotgun Wedding is the pair's lone collaborative long-player.
The LP was recorded in Memphis, TN, with producer Jim Thirwell (Foetus, Coil) and is described as an "an album of mad incantations," showcasing Lunch's signature vocals and Howard's "teardrop guitar leads," though the six-stringer also sings throughout the set. Lunch herself had previously written about the album in the CD reissue liner notes and described the record as "a sassy scrapbook of bruised love songs, somehow buoyant in spite of its obsession with death."
In addition to murky torch songs and menacing originals like "What Is Memory," the album includes a cover of Alice Cooper's Love It to Death number "Black Juju." While a trackisting for the vinyl reissue has yet to be unveiled, it's noted that the record will feature Lunch and Howard's 1982 cover of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra's "Some Velvet Morning."
Originally delivered in 1991 through Triple X/UFO Records, Shotgun Wedding had been treated to an expanded CD reissues on Atavistic in 1999 and again through Cherry Red in 2012.