Thursday, September 09, 2004

Kerry Rocks On


Back in my first post about Louie Fest 2, when I was bitching about the Kerry rally eating up all the Tacoma Dome parking space, I mentioned that his old band The Electras had recorded The Wailers’ tune Shanghaied.

That’s still true, but I’ve since learned that Shanghaied, along with the rest of the band's rare 1961 album, is now readily available on CD. I’ve found three web sites devoted to The Electras, and any one of them will give you the opportunity to purchase the CD for $14 plus two bucks postage. All three offer free downloadable clips of at least some of the songs. The best sampler is on the “kerryrocks” site: a 7-minute medley giving you a few seconds of each track.

Actually, they’d probably sell more CDs if they didn’t provide the free clips. I was curious enough that I might have forked over the sixteen bucks, but that 7-minute sampler cured me.

It’s not that the music is bad. It might be, but the recording is so cheesy it’s hard to tell. Sounds like the album was recorded in somebody’s basement on a small reel-to-reel machine with a single plastic mike. I say that because the sound quality is about the same as the tapes my band The Company Soul made under those circumstances a few years later in Spokane. An eBay dealer offering the disc says, “This has been remastered and the sound is quite good.” Scary to contemplate what it sounded like before.

Another eBay dealer is peddling what looks like a competing version, with a starting bid of $7 and two bucks postage. His is a limited edition of 1000 copies featuring the original cover art. That price was a little more tempting, until I noticed there was no mention of his even being remastered. Shudder.

Shanghaied is not the only Northwest-related piece on the album. There’s also You Can’t Sit Down (done to perfection by Mark Lindsay and the Raiders on their first Columbia album Here They Come), and Ya Ya, which was covered by both The Wailers and The Kingsmen.

Still, I think I’ll wait until the price goes down. Way down. Or better yet, until a friend buys one and lets me borrow it. (Hear that, Brian? I think you definitely need this for your collection!)

More info at:
http://www.johnkerryandtheelectras.com/
http://www.electrasrockandrollband.com/home.htm
http://www.kerryrocks.com/ (includes 7 minute sampler)

NOTE OF POLITICAL IMPORT: Me Gotta Go Now is an equal time blog. If anyone can provide me with recordings of Ralph Nader’s or George W’s high school rock bands, I’ll be happy to disparage them too. Even Dick Cheney’s.

1 Comments:

Blogger Cap'n Bob Napier said...

The Seattle TV news had a story today (Sep 10) about the Kerry rally at the Tacoma Dome draining away LouieFest attendees. The Louie people are mad and demanding some kind of refund. The Dome people are doing their usual "we're looking into it" dodge.

The Kerry crowd was offered Cheney Stadium (AAA baseball field for you out-of-staters) but they demanded the Dome's parking lots.

September 10, 2004 at 7:03 PM  

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