There was a time in the 1990′s when it was cool to make country music into electronic music. It’s not really all that cool now, but A3 is excluded here. A3, short for “Alabama Alabama Alabama” , released a sleeper hit album in 1997 called Exile on Coldharbour Lane, of which I’m proud to day I have a pre-release promotional special edition. It’s a concept album about a lost man who finds the First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine UK (a cult, where everyone adopts the last name “Love”), which leads him toward a rejection of two things that were very popular at the time: drugs and electronica. The church is led by the charismatic Reverend D. Wayne Love, who has a half-convincing southeastern American accent. At times, A3 has a greater grasp of the culture of the American south than most southerners do. It’s a weird mix for sure: elements of acid house, country, gospel, someone trying to rap…but it works and feels even more cohesive and believable when listening to the whole album. And yes, this band is still around.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because HBO used the song “Woke up this morning” as the title track for The Sopranos, off this same album.
Update: Rednex is apparently still active, too. AND for sale! Only $2,900,000.