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The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Guitar Slinger

posted [08.04.2019]
released [1996]
[sub]genre: big band / swing / jump blues



Although the Strays Cats never officially disbanded and even have a new album planned for 2019, their rockabilly reign spanned no more than 5 years (1979-1984). In that time they single-handedly revived the genre once fronted by Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Bill Haley and Eddie Cochran, infused with a bit of punk attitude. Front cat, Brian Setzer, took off on a short lived heartland and rhythm & blues solo endeavour, before pulling the same trick on another 1950s genre, jump blues. Born in 1959, so too late to have witnessed its actual heyday, Setzer grew up in a jazz environment. He played the euphonium in jazz bands in school, before his interested in rock, punk and rockabilly rose. Brian Setzer wasn't the only one reviving swing music in the early ninetees. So were Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Big Rude Jake and other bands with names quite long, but none formed a 17 piece band. Worldwide exposure came in 1998 when Gap jeans used their version of Louis Prima's Jump and Jive Wail in a worldwide commercial. That song was taken from the 1998 album The Dirty Boogie. Guitar Slinger did not get Grammy Awards but is in no way inferior to its predecessor. The album features 7 original songs written by Setzer. Two songs are co-written by The Clash' Joe Strummer. They apparently share a common admiration for Sammy Davis Jr. With Stevie Ray Vaughan's The House is Rockin' and the reworked version of the Stray Cats' Rumble in Brighton Setzer pays homage to his rockabilly roots. My Baby Only Cares For Me takes you to a smoky jazz club where Roy Montrell's (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone is swinging like mad and begging for a tap dance solo. Louis Prima gets a tribute and that makes it all together a quite pleasant (understatement) and versatile experience. Though not officially disbanded and still taking Christmas music to the next level, The Brian Setzer Orchestra reign effectively spanned no more than five years. Enough to 17-handedly revive a genre that wasn't dead, just asleep.
  1. The House is Rockin'
  2. Hoodoo Voodoo Doll
  3. Town Without Pity
  4. Rumble in Brighton
  5. The Man with the Magic Touch
  6. (The Legend of) Johnny Kool
  7. Ghost Radio
  8. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone
  9. Buzz Buzz
  10. My Baby Only Cares for Me
  11. Hey, Louis Prima
  12. Sammy Davis City

The Breeders

posted [18.03.2019]
released [1993]
[sub]genre: Indie



I bought my first CD player in 1991 with the money I earned washing cars and delivering newspapers. Having no other musical influences than mainstream radio my first CD was U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer. At my friend Dirk's recommendation I bought Nirvana's Nevermind and turned 180. Pearl Jam and Soundgarden followed not much later. Strangely some bands did not catch my attention at that time, most remarkable Alice in Chains and The Pixies, but also The Breeders didn't. Now Ilse's and my CD collection are merged, I catch up. So, late 80s, as Pixies bass player Kim Deal was walking on Black Francis' leash, her songwriting hit rock bottom. On a joint tour Kim Deal met Throwing Muses' Tanya Donelly. The two teamed up and recorded a demo that landed them a deal with 4AD. Steve Albini produced their 1990 debut Pod and it was listed among his best ever. Donelly left the band in 1992 to form Belly and Deal invited her twin sister Kelley - who as the story goes was unknown to playing guitar - to fill the spot. With Slint's Britt Walford replaced by Jim Macpherson on drums and Josephine Wiggs on bass The Breeders recorded their opus magnum Last Splash. Cannonball was the first out of four singles taken from that album and features a demo version for No Aloha titled Cro Aloha and a stripped of its melody cover version of Aerosmith's Lord of the Thighs. Time travelling back to Pinkpop 1994 with that awesome line-up: The Afghan Whigs, Rage Against the Machine, Björk, Morphine, The Levelers and The Breeders, brings some of that unpolished energy on Canonball. Man, do times have changed.
  1. Cannonball
  2. Cro-Aloha
  3. Lord of the Thighs
  4. 900

The Brandos
Over the Border

posted [12.02.2019]
released [2006]
[sub]genre: roots rock



The Brandos have been part of my life for almost 25 years. They gave direction to my musical wanderings, took me places and made me friends. I couldn't recall where and when it exactly started, but I remember seeing them play on Jan Douwe Kroeske's 2 Meter Sessies 6 June 1995. When The Brandos played Tilburg's Noorderligt on 25 June 1996, I was there. If I remember well, it was an acoustic set, but made a huge impression. More than 20 years and over 50 shows later, The Brandos and I went our separate - musical - ways. However I still love listening to their gritty rock songs or a Sonics cover song once in a while. We have been listening to their 2006 release Over the Border for quite some time and I consider it their best to date. It has everything a proper Brandos record needs: signature rock songs (The Only Love That I Can Get, She's The One), some stomping reels (The New York Volunteer) and an quirky cover song (Quicksilver Messenger Service's Dino's Song). But this album is interesting in other ways too. As we know now, it would take another 10 years for it's follow up that would feature a huge Mexican influence. It's not so much Guantanamera - IMHO a filler - but the title song. It tells the story of a young boy that travels South and finds a home and family in Mexico. A story likely to be autobiographical. The other song that really stands out is the historic rendition of the 1911 Triangle Fire; New York's deadliest industrial disaster. In the song a young man sails from his beloved Ireland to New York, leaving everything behind to persue his dream. The girl he just married, works at the Triangle Waistshirt Factory. She jumps to her death as the firemen's ladders weren't long enough and the emergency exists were blocked. A tragedy the owners of the factory got away with. It turns out an interesting 7 min+ progressive rock composition, something that boasts expectations. Together with the Sonics He's Waiting these two songs make the blueprint of this album. A very enjoyable listen!
  1. Over the Border
  2. Walking Home
  3. The Only Love That I Can Get
  4. She's The One
  5. The Triangle Fire
  6. Dino's Song
  7. The New York Volunteer
  8. He's Waiting
  9. Let it Go
  10. Guantanamera