Cowboys International: Revisited US CD 
- Many Times (Revised)
- Aftermath (Radio Mix)
- Part Of Steel
- Future Noise
- Here Comes A Saturday
- Original Sin
- Lonely Boy
- Nothing Doing
- Too Much Too Little
- Pointy Shoes
I distinctly recall reading about the first Cowboys International album in the pages of Dogfood, the local free New Wave newspaper that I still have a complete collection of in my Record Cell today. I can’t say why I passed up immediately buying the “Original Sin” album in 1979, when I read about it, but it may have been down to one of the “wrong” writers reviewing it. There were a few scribes on Dogfood who I was so simpatico with that I tended to [gulp!] ignore those outside that designation and buy albums that got rave reviews from the writers whom I more closely identified with. Basically, I should have been all over Cowboys International like white on rice at the time, but…
It was some time in the 90s when I corrected this misstep, and bought the US LP in a bin somewhere, but that didn’t mean that I actually spun the disc. Sigh. It remained until attending a particularly fantastic record show in town a decade ago that I stumbled across both of the Cowboys International CDs that had reached the market in 2003. Apparently Cowboy Ken Lockie had relocated to Georgia and had issued the CDs on his own. The scarce little discs [including the long awaited sophomore CI album, “Backwards Life Of Romeo”] have been in my home for a decade now. They are still scarce out in the wilds, but know that one can still buy this CD directly from the label, Pneuma Records, [a.k.a. Ken Lockie himself] at the band’s Amazon store right this very minute. Because if you don’t have this, you should. This is a textbook perfect case of the exact sort of New Wave that would have had me over the moon in the holy year of 1979.
When compiling “Revisited,” Lockie decided to create a new flow of the “Original Sin” album along with most of the single A-sides and B-sides added to the playlist. In one case, there was a single song from the “Original Sin” album that was not available here [“The ‘No’ Tune”] but one more [“Too Much Too Little”] that actually came along for the ride courtesy of Lockie’s 1981 solo album, “The Impossible.” The latter’s appearance here makes sense, though. The Lockie album credits Cowboys International for that track, so it was really an odd one out on the 1981 LP, which, I hasten to add, is safely within my Record Cell°.
That’s why the CD begins with the B-side from “Today, Today.” “Fixation” began with dissonant siren synths over a plodding beat before the rich guitars and bass added a fullness to the shrieking void of the intro. I love how the squealing synths of Lockie were juxtaposed against, there’s no other way to put it, a kickin’ disco bass line and hi-hat that were hijacked from the 1979 zeitgeist and injected with mutant New Wave DNA to achieve a radically different end.
“M[emorie]62” was the first song from the album here, and it was more like a B-side than the two B-sides that opened this disc… at first. Almost a full minute of Residential insect synths played out before the actual song began as a slice of perky New Wave bop; not a million miles away from the single “Thrash.”
Next: …Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1979
° When I actually hear it… another story