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T Bone Burnett: Truth Decay

Robot A. Hull, Creem, October 1980

RIGHT OFF THE bat T-Bone Burnett has three things going for him: He was born in Tokyo (home of the Jolly Green Godzilla), raised in Fort Worth (Dallas's understudy), and he co-produced the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's ‘Paralyzed’ (which, actually, was more of a precursor to '70's punk than the Kingsmen's ‘Louie, Louie’). His musical career, though, is largely based upon an underground rep – his first LP on Uni (J. Henry Burnett's The B-52 Band and the Fabulous Skylarks, released in '72, way before the debut of a certain East Coast beach band with a similar name), his brief stint with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, and his three records with the overly mellow Alpha Band.

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