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Bean Hoy | Cool Music For A Big Dumb World

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Cool Music For A Big Dumb World

by Bean Hoy

Odes to everything from beater cars and farmer tans to hopelessly hip college towns and the joys of Wisconsin winters... set to a cool and bluesy roots-funk groove.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. It's a Big Dumb World
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2. Groovy Town
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3. Oh! Sandfly!
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4. Junk
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5. Rocket
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6. Baby Boomer Blues
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7. Cementhead
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8. Versatile Girl
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9. Lightning Bugs
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10. Eagles Fly
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11. Monkey Bizness
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12. Go Beater Car Go
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13. Winter!
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14. Big Wave
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15. Farmer Tan
3:28 $0.99
16. Drive It to the Moon
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Album Notes
"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." –Ted Johnson, LAX magazine

The second Bean Hoy studio album is essentially a solo record that took root during songwriter Mike Starling's hiatus from performing while working as a beer magazine editor in Boulder, Colorado.

This wasn't driven by ego or "creative differences." He had just moved away from all the musicians he used to gig with in Wisconsin.

There were also a few guest musicians on the album. Kevin Skrenes, who previously played with Starling in the Sons of Distortion band, played the drum kit on "Rocket." Bob Mueller, who played drums in Starling's first band, Your Missing Socks, played the drum kit on "Winter." Jackson Huus, son of studio owner Brett Huus, sang the backing vocals on "It's A Big Dumb World." He was just nine years old at the time.

On "Cool Music for a Big Dumb World," Starling expands on the mostly acoustic sound of the first Bean Hoy CD with more electric guitars and bluesier material. Songs like "Groovy Town," "Oh! Sandfly!" and "Baby Boomer Blues," though, show he hasn't lost his knack for penning a droll and sharp-witted lyric.

Guitar-slingin' journalist Mike Starling started the Bean Hoy band project 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.

Text, CD cover photo and sound recordings copyright ©Mike Starling (mikestarling.com). Songs published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

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An absolutely exquisite collage of songs
An absolutely exquisite collage of songs that range from silky smooth melodic to a neighbors?-what-neighbors? blast-it-out anthem. There are no filler skip-over songs on the entire CD. It truly is a great playable collection. The lyrics are inteligently quirky, which elevates the CD several notches in my book. This is an indie band worth supporting.