Buster Poindexter

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After two albums as lead singer of the punk rock New York Dolls and five as a power pop solo artist, David Johansen surprised his fans by woodshedding in a bar off Irving Place in New York City, toying with a new musical persona he called Buster Poindexter, a tuxedo-clad lounge lizard leading a horn-filled backup band called the Banshees of Blue. The question "Is he kidding or what?" was inevitable, but the repertoire he developed and the group's approach to it demonstrated that this was more in the realm of an affectionate pastiche than a parody. With his cavernous bass-baritone and outsized personality, Johansen always had at least an implicitly humorous side, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After two albums as lead singer of the punk rock New York Dolls and five as a power pop solo artist, David Johansen surprised his fans by woodshedding in a bar off Irving Place in New York City, toying with a new musical persona he called Buster Poindexter, a tuxedo-clad lounge lizard leading a horn-filled backup band called the Banshees of Blue. The question "Is he kidding or what?" was inevitable, but the repertoire he developed and the group's approach to it demonstrated that this was more in the realm of an affectionate pastiche than a parody. With his cavernous bass-baritone and outsized personality, Johansen always had at least an implicitly humorous side, especially when he was camping it up with the glitter and glam of the Dolls' heavily costumed look. There was perhaps more of a wink and a tongue in cheek with Buster Poindexter, but that didn't mean that the music was outright comedy. Rather, Poindexter and the Banshees took as their antecedent an act like Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5, presenting songs in a good-humored, if not laugh-out-loud kind of way. And the persona allowed for several different styles, from the jump blues of "Smack Dab in the Middle" and "Good Morning Judge" (which led off the two sides of the LP) to the Caribbean carnival fun of "Hot Hot Hot" and "Cannibal." Given his voice, Johansen/Poindexter was a natural to try his own version of "House of the Rising Sun" with a nod to Eric Burdon and the Animals, and there was even room for the ballad side of David Johansen himself, such as on the remake of "Heart of Gold," which had appeared on the 1981 Johansen album Here Comes the Night. This first Buster Poindexter album allowed Johansen to make a comeback as part of the 1980s' retro wave that encompassed everything from the Stray Cats to Linda Ronstadt's albums with Nelson Riddle. And it was more enjoyable than most such efforts, precisely because it didn't take itself too seriously.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972671925
  • Catalog Number: 726719
  • Sales rank: 62,233

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buster Poindexter Primary Artist, Vocals
Patti Scialfa Background Vocals
Crispin Cioe Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Joe d'Elia Organ, Piano
Bob Funk Trombone
Tony Garnier Bass, Bass Guitar
Carl Hall Background Vocals
Brian Koonin Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Lisa Lowell Background Vocals
Tony Machine Drums
Soozie Tyrell Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Louise Bethune Background Vocals
Brian Koomin Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Sitar
Fred Wolcott Percussion
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Paul Litterall Trumpet
Technical Credits
Wynonie Harris Composer
Neil Young Composer
Tony Machine Contributor
Hank Medress Producer
Bill Sheniman Engineer
Louis Innis Composer
Jim Doris Composer
M. Myrie Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Bill Sheniman Engineer
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