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Moods: Mood: Fun Rock: Roots Rock Blues: Blues-Rock Blues: Acoustic Blues Blues: Funky Blues

By Location
United States - Wisconsin

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Bean Hoy

Why can't boys be trusted? Do cows really make holes in the ozone? Were the '70s cool or just dumb? And are we the last generation of rock and roll? Bean Hoy ponders dilemmas big and small to a sly roots-funk groove.

"The songs are a laundry list of local and national maladies, often depicted with a dark sense of humor," wrote Ted Johnson in a review of the band's debut recording in LAX magazine. "And, as often as not, the music is as playful as the words. All in all, the album is a reflection of inane pop culture, where one no longer condemns the plastic world around us but instead videotapes it for later when there's nothing else on."

Guitar-slingin' journalist Mike Starling started the Bean Hoy band as an outlet for his wry, topical tunes about subjects like road construction, farmer tans and the joys of beater cars and Wisconsin winters. Taking the stage in everything from an acoustic duo on up to an eight-piece rock band with a brass section called the Horns of Vengeance, Bean Hoy's spirited and unpredictable sound draws inspiration from such sundry sources as Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, the Velvet Underground and Mad magazine.

The group's debut cassette won Best Local Recording of the Year in the 1993 La Crosse Area Music Awards (LAMMIES). The best songs on that long-out-of-print tape were remastered and re-released with six new tracks on the 1998 CD "Boys Can't Be Trusted." A second disc, "Cool Music for a Big Dumb World," followed in 2006. "Get Lost: The Studio J Sessions" (2008) was the last studio release and the only one by the Milwaukee-based version of the band, which was active from 2005 to 2010.

The various members of Bean Hoy have now moved on to new bands, lives and projects. But their dry wit and sonic mojo lives on in the digital grooves of the 41 songs they left behind for your listening pleasure on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and various music streaming sites.

Words, music, cover art, band logo and sound recordings copyright ©Mike Starling (mikestarling.com). Songs published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

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