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Get Lost

by Bean Hoy

Tales of chupacabras, the San Andreas Faultline, naive gringos and more. "Like Mark Knopfler dropped in the Caribbean"–Electric Daybook
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Swing Your Hips
5:07 $0.99
2. California's Gonna Sink
2:27 $0.99
3. The Planets
2:58 $0.99
4. Get Lost (The Santo Domingo Song)
5:24 $0.99
5. Oh! Sandfly!
5:35 $0.99
6. El Chupacabra
3:55 $0.99
7. Daddy Long Legs
2:58 $0.99
8. Shitty Job
4:11 $0.99
9. Pyramid Stones
5:33 $0.99
10. Crazy
7:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Clever and learned lyrics... the music sounds like Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits dropped in the Caribbean with the mandate to record an album." –Electric Daybook.

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" was released in 2008.

The third Bean Hoy studio album is the only release by the Milwaukee-based version of the band that played together between 2005 and 2010. In this lineup, songwriter Mike Starling was joined by Jared Drake (upright bass), Bob Mueller (drums), and Tom Plutshack (electric guitars).

To trace the roots of this lineup, you have to go all the way back to 1984, when bandleader Mike Starling started his first group, Your Missing Socks, with drummer Bob Mueller and guitarist/trombonist Todd Haefer. Starling started sitting in with Mueller and bassist Jared Drake in a weekly Tuesday night gig at the Y-Not II Tavern after moving to Milwaukee in May 2000. In 2005, they added veteran Milwaukee musician Tom Plutshack on lead guitar and started gigging under the Bean Hoy name.

This new Bean Hoy lineup made its live debut at the North American Lightning Sailing Championships held at the Sheboygan Yacht Club. Starling hired Grammy-winning engineer Brett Huus to record a set of 20 songs that would eventually be pared down to 10 and released as "Get Lost: The Studio J Sessions."

All four of the band members contributed original material and sang lead at various points on the album. Tunes like Mueller's "El Chupacabra," Plutshack's "Pyramid Stones" and Starling's "Oh! Sandfly!" and "Get Lost (A Santo Domingo Song)" showcase the group's affinity for Latin and reggae grooves. Fans of funky blues will dig Starling's "Crazy" and "Swing Your Hips," while Drake's "The Planets" and "Daddy Long Legs" songs hark bark to their punkier roots. They even resurrected "California's Gonna Sink," the earthquake anthem originally written by Starling and Mueller in 1984 for the Missing Socks debut album, "The Joy Of Sox."

Last we looked, though, the top-selling track at iTunes was "Shitty Job." Go figure.

Text, album cover photos and sound recordings copyright ©Mike Starling ( Songs published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI). All rights reserved. Recorded by Brett Huus and Mike Starling at Studio J, Shorewood, Wisconsin. Mixed by Mike Starling at Chateau Doré, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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