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The Reverend Horton Heat

January 24th, 2014

The Reverend Horton Heat


Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Reverend Horton Heat


The Reverend Horton Heat is perhaps the most popular psychobilly artist of all time, really rivaled only by genre founders the Cramps. The Reverend (as both the three-man band and its guitar-playing frontman were known) built a strong cult following during the '90s through constant touring, manic showmanship, and a twisted sense of humor. The latter was nothing new in the world of psychobilly, and Heat's music certainly kept the trashy aesthetic of his spiritual forebears. The Reverend's true innovation was updating the psychobilly sound for the alternative rock era. In his hands, it was something more than retro-obsessed kitsch — it had roaring distorted guitars, it rocked as hard as any punk band, and it didn't look exclusively to pop culture of the past for its style or subject matter. Most of the Reverend's lyrics were gonzo celebrations of sex, drugs, booze, and cars, and true to his name, his concerts often featured mock sermons in the style of a rural revivalist preacher. First performing as the Reverend Horton Heat in 1985, his backing band solidified around 1989 with bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Patrick “Taz” Bentley. Their initial recordings were released by that bastion of indie credibility, Sub Pop, at the height of the grunge craze; both 1991's Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em and 1993's The Full Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat helped build an enthusiastic underground audience. That resulted in a spell on major label Interscope, starting with 1994's Liquor in the Front (Bentley was subsequently replaced by Scott Churilla). After two more for Interscope, 1996's It's Martini Time and 1998's Space Heater, Heat returned to recording for independents, still a highly profitable draw on the concert circuit.

Top Albums

Rev, The Reverend Horton Heat
1. Rev
Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em, The Reverend Horton Heat
2. Smoke 'Em If..
The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat, The Reverend Horton Heat
3. The Full-Cus..
Liquor in the Front, The Reverend Horton Heat
4. Liquor in th..
Laughin' and Cryin' With the Reverend Horton Heat, The Reverend Horton Heat
5. Laughin' and..
We Three Kings, The Reverend Horton Heat
6. We Three Kin..
It's Martini Time, The Reverend Horton Heat
7. It's Martini..
Lucky 7, The Reverend Horton Heat
8. Lucky 7
Revival, The Reverend Horton Heat
9. Revival
20th Century Masters: The Best of The Reverend Horton Heat, The Reverend Horton Heat
10. 20th Century..
Space Heater, The Reverend Horton Heat
11. Space Heater
25 to Life (Live), The Reverend Horton Heat
12. 25 to Life (..
Spend a Night In the Box, The Reverend Horton Heat
13. Spend a Nigh..
Discovery Vaults, The Reverend Horton Heat
14. Discovery Va..
Let Me Teach You How to Eat - Single, The Reverend Horton Heat
15. Let Me Teach..
Drinkin' & Smokin' Cigarettes - Single, The Reverend Horton Heat
16. Drinkin' &am..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price

Longest Gonest Man Rev 2:52 $1.29

Smell of Gasoline Rev 4:16 $1.29

Psychobilly Freakout Smoke 'Em If You Got &#.. 2:39 $0.99

Victory Lap Rev 3:23 $1.29

Spooky Boots Rev 4:40 $1.29

Let Me Teach You How to Eat Rev 3:18 $1.29

Bales of Cocaine Full-Custom Gospel Sounds o.. 2:11 $0.99

Eat Steak Smoke 'Em If You Got &#.. 2:33 $0.99

Hardscrabble Woman Rev 3:38 $1.29

Please Don't Take the Baby to th.. Laughin' and Cryin'.. 2:53 $1.29

Liquor, Beer and Wine Liquor in the Front 3:25 $0.99

Chasing Rainbows Rev 4:07 $1.29

Zombie Dumb Rev 3:52 $1.29

Galazy 500 Lucky 7 3:16 $0.99

Five-O Ford Liquor in the Front 2:29 $0.99

It's Martini Time It's Martini Time 3:14 $0.99

Mad, Mad Heart Rev 3:10 $1.29

Schizoid Rev 3:05 $1.29

Where In the Hell Did You Go With My.. 25 to Life (Live) 3:55 $0.99

Drinkin' and Smokin' Cigaret.. Laughin' and Cryin'.. 4:04 $1.29

Big D Boogie Woogie Spend a Night In the Box 2:55 $0.99

Big Red Rocket of Love 20th Century Masters: The B.. 3:04 $0.99

Honky Tonk Girl Revival 3:10 $0.99

Callin' in Twisted Revival 2:33 $0.99

One Time for Me Liquor in the Front 3:30 $0.99

Top Music Videos

Lie Detector, The Reverend Horton Heat
1. Lie Detector
Slow, The Reverend Horton Heat
2. Slow


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