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Dynamite Music Machine
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Boston's Scruffy the Cat was the late-punk-era's equivalent of NRBQ--a band that mixed a love for blues, country, rockabilly, and pop hooks with an unpolished, let-'er-rip irreverence. After Scruffy broke up, its chief sin... more »
Boston's Scruffy the Cat was the late-punk-era's equivalent of NRBQ--a band that mixed a love for blues, country, rockabilly, and pop hooks with an unpolished, let-'er-rip irreverence. After Scruffy broke up, its chief singer/songwriter, Charlie Chesterman, celebrated his love of country music on 1996's Studebakersfield, but on 1997's Dynamite Music Machine, he's back to the '50s-rock fundamentals which have always linked him to NRBQ. The dozen songs include two hit singles from 1959--Freddy Cannon's "Tallahassee Lassie" and Fats Domino's "I'm Ready"--plus eight originals that would have comfortably fit that year's AM play-lists. Chesterman even dedicates the new album to "the Holy Trilogy: Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, and the Ramones." As has been the case throughout his career, Chesterman's biggest asset is a knack for coming up with simple but memorable guitar figures and sing-along choruses, and his biggest liability is a thin tenor with a narrow range. He hedges against the latter by never demanding too much of himself vocally, and he highlights the former by speeding up the guitar riffs so they build up a tension that he releases in his satisfying chorus hooks. The first song, "Goodbye to You," begins as a twangy country ballad but soon shifts gears into an infectious, sax-honking rocker. "True Love Song #9" mimics a Rolling Stones riff as it builds to a Buddy Holly-like romantic confession. On the tongue-in-cheek original, "Wants to Be Bob Dylan Singing Electric Guitar Blooze," Chesterman and his loose-limbed band, the Legendary Motorbikes, seem constantly on the verge of falling apart, but bring the song safely home to its joyful conclusion. --Geoffrey Himes
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IT ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Angela Glover | Gnashville, TN | 04/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I gave this cd the ultimate test today. I took a drive and I listened to it at full volume and it immediately made me happy. This is Charlie Chesterman's best work even compared to his days with Scruffy The Cat. I predict that this will be one of my most frequently played cds for the summer of '99. Buy it now - thank me later"
firstname.lastname@example.org | Atlanta, GA | 09/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to understand where mainstream music has gone horribly wrong, this is the disc to buy. It will change you forever and make you realize that Hootie and the Blowfish ISN'T rock-n-roll. Let me just quote the liner notes: "This recording is dedicated to the Flamin'Groovies, Daddy Cool, Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and the Holy Trilogy: Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, and The Ramones." Anyone who dedicates a disc to the Flamin' Groovies AND Hank Williams (god rest his soul), much less, mentions them both in the same sentence, is a'right by me! Need I say more?"