You Had Me At Mundo
:: Mundo Earwood - Pyramid of Cans ::
Mundo Earwood. Man, I love saying that name. Enough so that I was compelled to pick up this album on the strength of his strange name alone. Well, that and song titles like "Let Your Body Speak Your Mind" and "Pyramid Of Cans." Now, I am by no means an expert on country music, but having gained quite an interest in it the past five years or so, I've begun to learn some things. One of them is that country music stopped being good somewhere in the early 80's. Not that it was fantastic during the 70's, but it hadn't quite started mutating into the dreck that now passes for country music. This album, which was self-titled, because who could resist an album called Mundo Earwood, came out in 1981. And guess what? It's not too bad. This track in particular grabbed me -- it's got hooks, and it's got goofy yet somehow wise lyrics, a hallmark of many good country songs. And it's about drinkin'. I love country songs about drinkin'. It kind of reminds me of some of the Mo Bandy/Joe Stampley stuff from around the same time. Ol' Mundo's got a solid country voice, and he shore looks fancy when photographed in soft focus just like a Playboy Playmate. And just so we can mention speech impediments two days in a row, this song also appears on a Mel Tillis album. Mel makes a guest appearance on this album as does Larry Gatlin.
Mundo is from the Houston area, and apparently was a regional hero who made a bit of a splash nationally. In looking him up, I ran across this anecdote on a guitar tab site. It may be the greatest note I've ever seen preceding tablature. Really the only other thing I found about him is that endorses Congressman Ted Poe. The mystery gets bigger with every empty can.