The Bandidos | Mischief

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by The Bandidos

Fun & eclectic roadhouse rock'n'roll trio mixing twang, blues, rockabilly, gumbo, and pop.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. He Said She Said
The Bandidos
3:31 album only
2. Big Tomatoes
3:09 album only
3. Jessie
3:30 album only
4. Red Beans'N'Rice, Babe!
4:17 album only
5. Desert
7:00 album only
6. I Don't Want No Woman
4:09 album only
7. One Girl Man
2:38 album only
8. This Is Love
4:24 album only
9. Behind Me
3:17 album only
10. The Lonely Walk
6:29 album only


Album Notes
Originally released in 1995, "mischief" is The Bandidos debut album, a musical gumbo the fanzine Original Cool called "unvarnished rock, roll, blues, and twang with standout guitar work from James Montez. They capture that party-down mood with lots of standout tracks, especially the fun shout-out 'Big Tomatoes.'"

Joking that they'd confuse Talking Heads fans if they named the album "More Songs About Vegetables, Soul Food & Getting Dumped," the Bandidos instead settled on "mischief" when they realized how many musical pots they'd poked their bbq-stained fingers into. Pursuing no other goal except having some serious fun, The Bandidos dumped a diverse bag of experience into this first recording. Bassist-singer Bob Elliott spent 12 years touring with the legendary B. Willie Smith, one of the East Coast's rootsiest rocking r&b bands of the 1980s. Guitarist James Montez also played with the B. Willies and, like drummer Tom Smith, still makes gigs with western swing/rockabilly singer Eugene Chrysler's Hillbilly Shakespeares and a touring New Orleans-style Mardi Gras rock'n'roll extravaganza known as Dr. Ya Ya's Gumbo Party. Smith also plays and records with a pantload of northeastern blues, pop, swing, and New Orleans r&b acts and was 1/3 of Boston's currently AWOL "kings of power lounge," The Electric Logs. The Insurgent Country Homepage has a good early profile of The Bandidos:

Until 2003, The Bandidos served as rhythm section for The Honeydews, a popular Connecticut retro honky tonk sextet. While still working as The Bandidos, Honeydews singer Kriss Santala Crowder, Sawbucks guitarist Chris Merk, and the boys today appear as The Hickups, whose 2007 debut cd is available at cdbaby (see their MySpace link below).

Attracting fans from San Antonio to Guam, "mischief" got enthusiastic notices at home and in the European twang, blues, and rockabilly press. "The Bandidos on this evidence defy categorization," wrote Harry Dodds in the UK's Now Dig This! "This is an impressive debut CD and I can well understand a reviewer exclaiming, 'This is all the band I'll ever need!'" Closer to home and even without being paid off in pizza, Schaeffer beer, or old Lefty Frizzell records, the New Haven Advocate summed it up nicely: "That clean cut R&B trio The Bandidos is making friends internationally with its recordings. We're ecstatic that they happen to live 'round here. Stunning individual musicianship, impressive songwriting, and a keen sense of tradition."



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