Buster Poindexter

Buster Poindexter

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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… See more details below

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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:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972671925
catalogNumber:
726719
Rank:
8633

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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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