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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Debonairs and Hot Thumbs

One of my all-time favorite albums is “Car Radio Jerome” by the Rev. Fred Lane and the Hittite Hotshots, so finding a link on Mutant Sounds to a 1975 concert emceed by the Rev. himself (with Ron ‘Pate’s Debonairs) is a very good thing, and contains his anti-lounge versions of "My Kind of Town" and "Volare" (which makes reference to cream of celery soup, which I'm not sure I remember from the Dean Martin version of the song).

The album also has some other odd and interesting tracks, including “The Shemp Howard Story” and “Concerto for Active Frogs”, with croaks a-plenty. Info galore about the concert can be found here.

And as a bonus, in the comments on the blog there’s a reference to the album’s similarity to the music of one Hot Thumbs O’Riley (an alter ego of one of the members of Wigwam—the Finnish band Wigwam NOT to be confused with the Norwegian glam rock band Wig Wam, OK??), which of course I HAD to own, and located here, on Direct Waves.