Friday, July 15, 2005
Freddy Koenig with the Jades: Road Runner/I Know You (Lori No. 9544)
I can't say I know much about this outfit, and the Google search I did only amounted to a bunch of catalog lists. But what an unusual sound they had, judging from this little item. "I Know You" is the standard ballad, not much to shout about. It's their Bo Diddley cover that stands out. But be warned, there's not much noticable guitar in this, so if you're expecting that, forget it. The key instruments are rapid-fire horns and rollicking piano. But they go full-throttle here and make a frantic racket for the whole 2:02 length of the song. They may sound to you like the lounge band at your grandma's 50th anniversary party, but at least here, they stomp out like there ain't no tomorrow. And I like how they use the trombone to imitate the sound of an engine revving up. They sound like they downed a couple of kegs before laying this down, so why don't you do likewise and join the party?