Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers

Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers

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by Commander Cody
     
 
Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen laid down one of the most important combinations of roots rockabilly, country, swing, blues, and boogie from the late 1960s through the middle of the '70s. They combined humor, expert musicianship, a sense of the outrageous, and tremendous showmanship. (They also recorded

Overview

Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen laid down one of the most important combinations of roots rockabilly, country, swing, blues, and boogie from the late 1960s through the middle of the '70s. They combined humor, expert musicianship, a sense of the outrageous, and tremendous showmanship. (They also recorded one of the great live albums of all time.) But that was a long time ago. Since then, some of its members have gone on to solo careers, while others have languished in the shadows, stepping out only for a couple of reunion gigs. Billy Kirchen, the band's lead guitarist, has been on the scene constantly, touring non-stop and issuing a handful or so of terrific records. The band's namesake, George Frayne, the Commander himself, has been far more erratic. After some early success with his single and hit video, "Two Triple Cheese, Side Order of Fries," (from Lose It Tonight at the dawn of the MTV era), he's recorded sporadically, putting out some great tracks alongside some real drek. This set, Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers, issued by Blind Pig, fares a bit better than most of its predecessors, but not for the reasons one might expect. For starters, there are a slew of Lost Planet Airmen covers here -- and if anyone has the right to do them, it's the Commander -- such as "Wine, Do Yer Stuff," "Down to Seeds and Stems Again," "Semi Truck," "It's Gonna Be One of Those Nights," and "Lone Ranger" (from Frayne's second solo album Flying Dreams), and a couple of others. While he pulls off most of these, one cannot help but miss the Lost Planet Airmen's great lead vocalist Billy C. Farlow's trademark baritone leading the pack. "Lone Ranger" comes off the best, and "Semi Truck" is a close second. The others fall flat, and that's putting it kindly. The traditional tune "Down and Out" is done here as a hard rock & roll swinger with great pedal steel work by Chris "Tiny" Olsen and fine B-3 work by Professor Louie alongside the Commander's great honky tonk and barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano. Frayne's terrific novelty number, "Seven Eleven" (off his debut solo effort Rock 'n Roll Again) with hip guitar work (Mark Emerick) and more boss B-3 and whining steel from the Prof and Olsen, makes for a charged jumping blues-rock stomper. The traditional "Last Call for Alcohol" and a cover of Hoyt Axton's "No No Song," fare equally well. So the reason the record works (mostly) is simply for the newer material, and not for the rehashes of his former band faves. This one is basically for hardliners only, through most of the set makes an enjoyable listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Blind Pig
UPC:
0019148512825
catalogNumber:
5128
Rank:
111123

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Commander Cody   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Steve Barbuto   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Bramwell   Bass,Background Vocals
Mark Emerick   Guitar,Vocals
Professor Louie   Organ,Accordion,Background Vocals
Marie Spinosa   Percussion,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Circe Link   Vocals
Steve Barbuto   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Bramwell   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Emerick   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Edward Chmelewski   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Commander Cody   Audio Production
Jerry del Giudice   Executive Producer,Audio Production
George Frayne   Composer
Aaron Hurwitz   Composer,Audio Production
David Jackson   Composer
Christian Nesmith   Vocal Engineer
Michael Porter   Composer
Marie Spinosa   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Melva Houston   Composer
William Farlow   Composer
William Kirchen   Composer
S. Casanova   Composer
Brien Hopkins   Composer
McDaniel   Composer

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Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Tini More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD by one of rock's great performers. With the Commander you don't get anything fancy just fun rock and roll. Although this is a must have album if you really want to enjoy Commander Cody make sure you go see him live.
ljparker2983 More than 1 year ago
I am trying to collect a diverse collection of groups and this fits perfectly. A little blast from the past. Loved it.