Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Chuck E Weiss|
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
Immortalized forever in Rickie Lee Jones's 1979 hit "Chuck E.'s in Love," Chuck E. Weiss has had his own career playing the drums and singing in a craggly blues voice that recalls his more famous buddy Tom Waits, who provi... more »
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Immortalized forever in Rickie Lee Jones's 1979 hit "Chuck E.'s in Love," Chuck E. Weiss has had his own career playing the drums and singing in a craggly blues voice that recalls his more famous buddy Tom Waits, who provides production, vocal, and songwriting assistance. For years, however, he never made it beyond the confines of Los Angeles nightclubs. Here he's assembled an album of freewheeling bar tunes and jump blues that recall the music of his youth with fresh irreverence. "Devil with Blue Suede Shoes" is ramshackle back-alley Chicago blues. "It Rains on Me" offers Waits and Weiss singing like old drunken buddies after closing time. It's what you'd expect, yet couldn't conceive. --Rob O'Connor
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An extremely cool surprise !
James Ream | Indiana, USA | 11/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After years of Tom Waits being my favorite artist, when I saw an album by Chuck E., I of course had to hear it. I wasn't disappointed. It's a damn fun disc, and I'm sayin' this after repeated listenings. I hope he does another.. Great job Chuck, (you too, Tom and the others involved) I recommend this to all Waits fans and other non-mainstream listeners. In contrast to Tom, Chuck E. doesn't show a "serious side" here, not that I'd want him to. Tom's lastest, "Mule Variations" is in my opinion easily his most "mature" effort, showing that he has embraced the home life with Kathleen & family and I'm happy for him, he sure as hell deserves it. I gotta say, I do miss the "Blue Valentines"- "Foreign Affairs" restlessness and the incredible "Rain Dogs" "Frank's trilogy" era, but I would rather see the man happy, in love, & taking care of himself than to have him down and out just to create edgy, hobo tunes just to please me. I may be playin' Chuck E.'s cd more often than Mule Variations but hey, who the hell am I to say? I can't critique T. W., he's the soundtrack to my life! Tom And Chuck E.- You guys are Both "Extremely Cool.""
Extremely Cool indeed!
Richard R. Johnson | Houston, TX United States | 01/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chuck E. Weiss can boast amazing credentials. Back in the 60s, he toured with Lightnin' Hopkins as a drummer. He later performed or recorded with Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. During the 70s, he lived in Hollywood's famed Tropicana Motel, which was home to his best friend, Tom Waits. In fact, he is immortalized in a Waits song - "Jitterbug Boy (Sharing a Curbstone With Chuck E. Weiss, Robert Marchese, Paul Body and The Mug and Artie)" on the Spare Change album. This is Chuck E. Weiss's second album (the other was back in 1981). The line-up of supporting musicians and guests is impressive, including Tom Waits and Tony Gilkyson (Lone Justice, X). The album is strong from start to finish, and conjures the same sort of film-noir, gutter-room images and characters as mid-70s Tom Waits. The first song - "Devil With Blue Suede Shoes" - is a bluesy, swampy, devil-chasin' rocker that kicks like a rodeo bull. The following track - "Deeply Sorry" - is laced with burlesque horns and some very twisted lyrics. These tracks are the true standouts on this fine album. Let's hope Weiss finds his way back into the studio a little more quickly next time."
Chuck E. is extremely cool. I love the rascal.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Minneapolis | 06/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Picture yourself on a warm humid night in the corner booth of a dimly lit bar in the French Quarter with your arm around your baby and the rest of your troubled life ahead of you. As good as this is ... Chuck E. makes it better."