Brian Lindsay | The Monkey, the Tango and the Boogaloo

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The Monkey, the Tango and the Boogaloo

by Brian Lindsay

“She's my little crash, boom, bang!” Testifies Brian Lindsay on the opening cut, “What Does Love Mean to You,” from his just released, GFI Music CD ….. The Monkey, the Tango and the Boogaloo. The eleven cuts created, corralled & cut in NY...
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1. What Does Love Mean to You
3:20 $0.99
2. Heart and Soul
3:43 $0.99
3. The Bully
3:54 $0.99
4. Every Day
3:40 $0.99
5. Seven Days Seven Nights
3:05 $0.99
6. Empty Heart
3:07 $0.99
7. Bootlegger's Blues
5:52 $0.99
8. Long Shot
3:09 $0.99
9. Charley
3:14 $0.99
10. King of Broken Hearts
5:06 $0.99
11. Proof of Love
4:18 $0.99
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“Brian Lindsay's ragged soul runs deep. You've only got to listen for a minute or so to know he's got something to say. But I'm not even talking about lyrics. There's a subliminal surge coursing through this roots-rocker's sound, one of bravado and yearning; one where there's no shame in desire...”
- By Frank De Blase, Rochester City Newspaper



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Brian Lindsay is releasing a new CD
Brian Lindsay is releasing a new CD Jeff Spevak Staff music critic
Listening to Brian Lindsay’s sound, you get the sense that his musical coming-of-age arrived at about the same time as Bryan Adams. Big rock anthems. Or you can imagine him ripping the cellophane off of a brand-new vinyl copy of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and, halfway through side one realizing: This is what I want to sound like when I grow up.
Now all grown up, Lindsay celebrates the release of his excellent new CD, The Monkey, The Tango and the Boogaloo, at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way.
The Springsteen comparisons aren’t new to Lindsay. His 2005 album, The Crossing, drew similar responses. That collection’s highlight, the achingly torn “East Side of the River,” a love story of the Genesee -- Lindsay lives on Irondequoit Bay -- could have been an outtake from Springsteen’s The River.
But quite frankly, if you’re working some well-defined turf, echoes of Springsteen sure beats Ted Nugent. “You’ve gotta keep moving forward in this business of rock and roll,” Lindsay sings in “Charley,” but these dramatic, classic-rock arrangements suit him just fine.
Redemption or resolution is rarely the reward for Lindsay’s characters, as we see with the small-town soldier of “Heart and Soul.” And for the protagonist in “The Bully” where, amid swanky sax courtesy of Jimmy Richmond, Lindsay shows us bad behavior gone unchecked is a sad, lifelong pattern. Every Day” is a lament for the deceptions we’re bombarded with, be it from politicians or insurance salesmen warning to their own benefit that “every day is the end of the world.”
“Long Shot” has a kid’s NBA hopes dashed by naysayers who suggest this “might be a good time to dream another dream.” The cheap way out would have been to let the kid make the team, but Lindsay is no romantic. He just leaves it up to you. I figure the guy gets cut after the first workout.
And a spoiler alert: “Bootlegger’s Blues” is a Prohibition-era tale with a little bit of a twist, the main character noting that “the headline in the paper is sad, sad news for a working man like me.” The news? Prohibition has been repealed. This bootlegger is out of work.
The Monkey, the Tango and the Boogaloo is a lot of love rockers right from the opening track, a tough-sounding “What Does Love Mean to You.” Everyone on this disc is leading lives of quiet desperation. “King of Broken Hearts” is a classic tale of a guy who says “find another man to be your fool,” yet also begs for “one more, one more, one more, one more night.”
Lindsay has also included “Empty Heart,” an unofficial Rochester songwriting challenge that came from a fragment of a lyric by local country performer Jeff Riales, prodded along by WRUR-FM DJ and fellow songwriter Scott Regan. The unofficial count of “Don’t Go Drinking on an Empty Heart” songs by area songwriters appears to be over 20. Lindsay’s is a cautionary tale: “Don’t go looking for love in a bar, don’t go drinking on an empty heart.”
And with the final track, “Proof of Love,” we see that Lindsay has written a bit of a concept album, even if he didn't intend to. This is what drives us; we're always searching for proof of love.


"The Monkey, The Tango, and the Boogaloo"
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May 21, 2014 Music » Music Reviews
ALBUM REVIEW: "The Monkey, The Tango, and the Boogaloo"
"The Monkey, The Tango, and the Boogaloo"
GFI Music

The record company is going to have to front me another copy of Brian Lindsay's "The Monkey, The Tango, and the Boogaloo," because I ate the first one. No shit, I got done with the preliminary spin, smeared some peanut butter on it and ate it. Good records call to mind comparisons and metaphors, but only the truly great ones can be called delicious. Lindsay is one of my favorite singers of the hardcore troubadour ilk and he comes out thundering on this new album's first track — and my new fave — "What Does Love Mean To You?" like a runaway tractor. "The Bully" is a tres cool tug-o-war between Jersey blue-eyed soul and straight-up rock 'n' roll. "Everyday" is a classic example of urban Americana; a "just right" blend of red clay and asphalt. "Seven Days Seven Nights" with its snake shake and voodoo is a new harder rockin' side to Lindsay, I've only, up to this point, heard live. The man even gets down with a pretty piano ballad toward the end of the affair with "King Of Broken Hearts." "The Monkey, The Tango, and the Boogaloo" is an 11-song send up to an era when LPs were enjoyed front to back, not just as collections of potential hits. This is a work of art I highly recommend you spend some time with. In fact get two; one to share with a friend ... or eat.