Setzer Orchestra - The Dirty Boogie
Oh yeah I know Brian Setzer Orchestra! They are the
ones who do the Khakis Swing commercial song right?
Well, yes and no. They did a remake of it, but the original
(the one in the commercial) was done by Louis Prima.
Whatever, those are just little details - what I am sure you
want to know is how good the album is, or at least what I
think of it.
Brian Setzer has
been around for a long time, for those of you who don't remember
the 80s. Those were the days when The Stray Cats were
around. Their sound was totally original in the pop
music scene those days, with hits such as "Stray Cats
Strut" and "Rock This Town". Rockabilly
was the name of their game, until they broke up that is.
What we are left
with is Brian Setzer's latest group - the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Actually they have been around for quite some time as well.
Their self-titled CD came out in 1994, with a follow-up of
Guitar Slinger in 1996. Dirty Boogie is
their third effort (1998), an effort which has hit it HUGE.
Most of the success of the album can be attributed to the
resurgence of popularity for the swing music genre.
What most people don't realize is that Brian Setzer Orchestra
is not true swing. Instead they are still a rockabilly
band with a swing twist. Sure, tracks like "Jump,
Jive, 'an Wail" are great swing dance songs. But
honestly, can someone call the remake of Santo & Johnny's
"Sleepwalk" a swing song?
I assume you have
gotten my point, that being that the CD is not an all-out
swing jamboree. The band is great, as I am a big fan
of the Stray Cats. Any fan of rockabilly is sure to
enjoy this CD. Also, if you are a fan of covers this
is a great disc. The band covers tracks such as the
aforementioned "Sleepwalk", as well as the Skyliners'
"Since I Don't Have You" and Bobby Darin's "As
Long As I'm Singing". Hell, Setzer even does a
rearrangement of the Stray Cats' "Rock This Town".
(I personally like the original better).
Overall this is
a good album. You are sure to be able to dance to every
song on the CD, although you won't necessarily be swinging
to all of them. One of the greatest tracks in my mind
is the duet "You're the Boss" which features guest
vocalist Gwen Stefani (No Doubt). It has a sassy twinge
to it, probably one of Stefani's best songs yet. Just
keep in mind this is not as swing as you may be looking for
- if you are looking for a total swing CD, you may want to
move on. However, I am sure you just really want to
get that Khaki's Swing song.
out of 5.0