Want You Around is the latest offering from rock/punk/pop savant KURT BAKER, and want it around you shall! Sashaying forth five-hundred-strong in an initial pressing on stunning baby blue vinyl, Want You Around features all the power, harmony, and friggin’ savoir faire one’s come to expect from this Maine-based tunesmith. Leading off with a title track dating back to Kurt’s days with the LEFTOVERS, Want You Around ((the record)) wastes little time in titillating the user’s privates with “Want You Around” ((the song)), a power pop epistle of the morse-code-guitars-and-harmonies tenor that sounds like it coulda been someone’s breakout FM hit in 1981, if God were thirty years younger and wore Converse All-Stars instead of sandals. An additional value-add comes in the form of guest vocals by Dan Vapid, who apparently wants you around as well. None can ask fairer than that! The platter is rounded out by lights-out covers of the new wave/power pop classic “News At Ten” by THE VAPORS, the slightly less-classic “Sleeping With The Television On” by BILLY JOEL, and the not-so-much-classic-as-epic “Hollywood” by THIN LIZZY. Trust us: You’ll want this around! - Rev. Nørb
released August 14, 2012
The Party Animals:
Kurt Baker - Lead Vox, Bass, Guitar
Geoff Useless - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Kris "Fingers" Rodgers - Keys, Synth, Back Up Vox, Guitar
Adam Cargin - Drums
Josh Malia - Guitar on "News @ 10"
The Smart Guys:
Drew Brown - Recording / Engineering
@ Standish Rock City (Standish, ME), The Electric Cave (Portsmouth, NH)
Landon Arkens - Recording /Engineering
@ The Blast House (Madison, WI)
Wyatt Funderburk - Mixing / Science Fiction
@ Nebulon II (Nashville, TN)
Matt Allison - Recording/Engineering
@ Atlas Studios (Chicago, IL)
Mastered by Landon Arkens @ The Blast House (Madison, WI)
All songs written by K. Baker (BJORN'S CHOICE ASAP) except
"News At 10"
"Sleeping With the Television On"
"Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)"