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February 2, 2011 / John Sieger

Click: Out On The Range Baby

The R&B Cadets existed from 1980 until 1986 and managed to have a lot of fun while making some pretty good music. In retrospect, it doesn’t seem like it had to be one or the other, but when Semi-Twang was signed for doing something completely different, it seemed like time to move on. What the Cadets had would be very hard to recapture,  I can only post a few live and studio things to hint at what it felt like to be a part of such a talented group. This song, like many that I wrote back then, was very influenced by the playlist in the van as we traveled from town to town. Paul Cebar was in charge of the boom box and took us to school on artists like Lee Dorsey, Percy Mayfield, Louis Jordan and many others that existed as names or vague notions till we heard them driving through PA in the middle of the night. This stuff got under my skin in a serious way and started creating a vision of a Party Utopia in my mind. The songs popped out at regular intervals and in my own manner were a response to the wonderful overload of American culture I was absorbing. This one was intended as some sort of jive western where slang was the rule and people said things like, “Upset your hide upside your head, twirl my six-gun spit some lead.” Especially pleasing to the ear, despite the rough sonics of this live recording, is the lovely sound of Robin Pluer forced into her alto range to sing unison with yours truly. I’m crazy about her lower range, it’s husky, to say the least. Check out Bob Jennings on the organ solo—a funnier musical quote you won’t hear and, if I may toot my own horn, I can live with the guitar solo—diggin’ the analog delay J.S.! You had to be there—boy do I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and enjoy it properly!

 

© 2011 John Sieger

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