Release Info: Bad Influence - Live At The Bad Habits Cafe (1995)
Artist: Bad Influence
Title Of Album: Live At The Bad Habits Cafe
Year Of Release: 1995
Label: Wild Child Records
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Jump Blues, Rockin' Blues
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 62:51 Min
Total Size: 150 Mb
01. Woke Up This Morning
02. No Particular Place To Go
04. Mustang Sally
05. Some Kind Of Wonderful
06. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do
07. Sweet Home Chicago
08. Bright Lights, Big City
09. My Baby's A Superstar
10. How Blue Can You Get
11. Rock Me Baby
12. Night Life
13. Why I Sing The Blues
Recorded live at DC's Bad Habits Cafe, this rollicking set spans the distance from jump blues to Motown with U-R-There directness that'll have you screaming, "Where's muh waitress?" This hard-rocking quartet features Whop Frazier (great name!) On bass and vocals, "Junior" Tash on guitar, Jay Corder on sax, and Dennis Hash on drums - they have a kind of retro/roots/soul-slam groove going, if you know what I mean.
No? Well, they focus on that nexus of R&B and early rock, but with a totally modern sensibility; they aren't a purist band trying to re-create any genre, but rather a modern band that has assimilated all that's come before them and decided to just use the most essential components of that stew. Still not clear? I guess you had to be there.
Which is exactly what this recording feels like. Sprey has recorded the group with uncanny immediacy. There's the obligatory 60Hz hum coming from the PA, which is distinct from the direct sound of the instrumental amplifiers - and when Tash switches on his amp's reverb plate, it doesn't get confused with the real ambience of the room one jot. The recording captures Corder's sax's honks, squeals, and buzzes with startling physicality, and the drums have that snap! Overlaying the dull thunk of their bodies that you never hear on disc.
But the centerpiece, the focus of it all, is Frazier - half intimate soul singer, half blues shouter - who pulls the songs along vocally while pushing them forward with his bouncy, bubbling bass. Tash is everywhere on this recording, a real master of the Stratocaster, and his fills, solos, and rhythm work are electrifying.
This is one hell of a performance, given a recording to die for. I'm taking it with me to CES, where I'll be easy to find. Find a room with a party in it and I'll bet Bad Influence and I will be there. (Review from QuarterNotes by Wes Phillips)
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