Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148512825
  • Catalog Number: 5128
  • Sales rank: 124,137

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
Blaise Barton Mastering
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 Kirchen Composer
William Farlow Composer
S. Casanova Composer
George Frayne Composer
Brien Hopkins Composer
McDaniel Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just what I wanted

    I am trying to collect a diverse collection of groups and this fits perfectly. A little blast from the past. Loved it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Commander Rocks

    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.

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