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Flyboy & the Rhythm Bandits

by Bossa Nova Beatniks

Jump in the convertible and crank the volume. Take a trip without leaving the beach.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fly in the Ointment
2:31 $0.99
2. Always Be With Me
Rhytm Bandits
3:25 $0.99
3. Fly With Me
Bossa Nova Beatniks
2:36 $0.99
4. Don't Let Me Down
3:26 album only
5. Feel the Love in Them Troubled Times (a blue funk groove)
Bossa Nova Beatniks
3:44 $0.99
6. Melancholy Day (tribute to George Harrison)
Bossa Nova Beatniks
4:19 $0.99
7. Let Me Out
Rhythm Bandits
4:54 $0.99
8. Behave Yourself
Bossa Nova Beatniks
3:09 $0.99
9. Route 66
Bossa Nova Beatniks
3:10 $0.99
10. Feel the Love in New Jack City
Bossa Nova Beatniks
3:48 $0.99
11. Fear of Love (a flyboy reggae)
Bossa Nova Beatniks
3:37 $0.99
12. Edgy O'Rourke
Bossa Nova Beatniks
5:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Many years ago, T. Gould set out to have the most fun possible. He found that putting bands together and making music was the means to that end. The first band was called the Rhythm Bandits and debuted at Carnegie Recital Hall. The next band was called the Flyboys because Tom shares the same birthday as Charles Lindburgh and that the experience of forming a band in a garage and expecting it to fly was somewhat similar to the "Spirit of St. Louis."

The Flyboys grew to become the Bossa Nova Beatniks, the name that has stuck to this day because it captures the band of gypsies approach and eclectic character that has come to define the philosophy of Gould's music.

This 6th Bossa Nova Beatnik CD entitled "Flyboy & the Rhythm Bandits," spans all three bands from the 1983 recording of "Always Be With Me" to "Feel The Love In New Jack City" recorded live at Oyster Bay High School in May of 2002. The George Harrison inspired "Melancholy Day" serves as a tribute to his memory as his sense of humor is in evidence as an inspiration throughout this project.

Included on this disc is Cynthia Post singing "Let Me Out" and Jerry Dugger's cover of "Behave Yourself." Tom's cover of "Route 66" got the thumbs up from its writer, Bobby Troup. Half the songs on the disc have all new lyrics written to rhythm tracks recently unearthed. Notable guest stars on this disc include Drew Zing, who recently played with Steely Dan; Jono Manson, who released two CD's on A&M records under his own name and fathered the New York Scene responsible for the Spin Doctors and Blues Traveler; Danny Wilensky, who has played with Ray Charles and David Bowie; and Jim Beard, who played with Wayne Shorter and has released albums on Atlantic Records under his own name.

After all these years, making music still ranks as one of the most fun things to do.



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Kevin Amorim

Makes you think "second coming of the Beatles"
Kevin Amorim, The Hartford Courant

September 6, 2002


"Flyboy & the Rhythm Bandits"

The Beatniks' sixth disc plays out like a primer on the eclectic, electric - don't let the Bossa Nova moniker fool you - band. "Flyboy & the Rhythm Bandits" revisits tunes from front dude Tom Gould's musical career, from his first outfit, the Rhythm Bandits, to the Flyboys and, finally, the BNBs. And when you hear the shrieking crowd at Oyster Bay High School on the live version of "Feel the Love in New Jack City," you think either 1) Gould and his group of merry music makers are the second coming of the Beatles or 2) those Oyster Bay kids have damn good taste.

- Kevin Amorim

Vincente Zumel

Enjoyment is Served
La diversión está servida con el rhythm & blues ecléctico, mestizo y conceptual que estos hombres nos proponen en este nuevo álbum liderado por el cantante Tom Gould. Un disco refrescante, con un gran sentido de la innovación aunque. a veces, me sugieren recursos de los Mothers Of Invention de Frank Zappa de finales de los sesenta. Una banda atrevida y descarada con un enorme sentido del humor que no defraudará a los aficionados más inquietos que gusten de sonidos y conceptos musicales más ‘grunge’ y de ‘garaje’. CORRECTO. Enjoyment is served with the eclectic conceptiual rhythm & blues mixture these men have done on this new cd leaded by singer Tom Gounld. A cool very innovative record although, sometimes, they remind me old seventies Frank Zappa’s 'Mothers of Invention¡, specially on some of their musical conception. A shameless daring band with an enormous sense of humour that will certainly satisfy the most inquiring fans who look for more ‘grunge’ or ‘garage’ sound and musical conception. GOOD.

Shaun Dale

Music that's fun to listen to
Kentucky born singer/guitarist/bassist/songwriter and all around indie Renaissance man Tom Gould has been putting together bands in the New York area for about a decade, first the Rhythm Bandits, then the Flyboys and for his last six releases the Bossa Nova Beatniks. The names are relatively irrelevant, though, as are the rotating lineups that have worked under them. What's important is Gould's approach to having fun making music that's fun to listen to, and there's ample evidence of that approach on the latest BNB release, Flyboy & The Rhythm Bandits.
Elements of all the bands are on hand, whether in the form of recovered tracks, such as the opener, "Fly In The Ointment," which dates from 1983, or in the recycled rhythm tracks with new lyrics that make up half of the album. In other places you'll find a live cut from the spring of 2002, covers of Gould songs by Cyn Post and Jerry Dugger, a cover of Bobby Troup's "Route 66" by Gould himself and the Beatniks doing the Beatles. As always, regardless of the players, vintage or source of the material, you'll find Tom Gould and his friends having fun playing music, and as always, you'll have fun listening to it.

Jennifer Kelly

Combines raw enthusiasm with a very high standard of musicianship.
In a slightly better world, everyone would play in a band. In a much, much better world, we would all sound like the Bossa Nova Beatniks, a Long Island-based foursome that combines the raw enthusiasm of weekend warriors with a very high standard of musicianship.

Bossa Nova Beatniks is Tom Gould plus drummer George Vahamonde and two additional vocalists, Tim Stapleton and Tori Mierlak. For this album, dozens of guests round out the foursome's ranks, adding different vocal flavors as well as snippets of sax, harmonica, accordion, brass and congas.

The result is an eclectic collection of rootsy tunes, running the gamut from electric funk to reggae to twang to Orbison-like croon. Flyboy & the Rhythm Bandits is not an especially cohesive album, but it's fun trying to keep up with the changes. The corrosive blues guitar of "Fly in the Ointment" melts into the gentle country shuffle of "Always Be with Me" and morphs to the crazed psychobilly of "Fly with Me", which ends with the muttered threat, "I'm going to eat your children." Then it's another couple of dollars to Michael Jackson, as the band turns in a rousing cover of the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down". Other highlights include the high mournful vocals of "Melancholy Day", which recalls Orbison's "Crying", a deadpan rendering of "Route 66" and Cynthia Post's gutsy interpretation of "Let Me Out". The disc ends with a manic surge of guitars and bass -- the aptly named "Edgy O'Rourke" which packs a full record's menace and foreboding into one track.

You get the sense that the Bossa Nova Beatniks are a flexible bunch, comprised of whoever shows up to play on a given day and committed to whatever musical style happens to catch their collective fancy. It's amazing that it works, but it does. The group brings energy, skill and humor to almost every style they attempt. It's the kind of band you always hope is playing down at the local tavern on Saturday nights -- but unless you live in Huntingdon, LI, probably never is.