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Burnzy's Last Call (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

by Various Artist

Soundtrack to an award winning indie film, featuring well known artists (David Johansen, Deborah Harry, Graham Parker, The Smithereens, Evan Dando, The Uptown Horns), evoking the sounds of the 60's & 70's. Produced by Crispin Cioe.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Don't Want to Look in the Mirror
The Smithereens
3:50 $0.99
2. Space Monkey
David Johansen
5:19 $0.99
3. So We Danced Again
Deborah Harry
4:46 $0.99
4. What Will I Do With My Heart
Dennis Diken & Pete Dibella
2:39 $0.99
5. Childhood Sweetheart
Graham Parker
3:25 $0.99
6. Baby You're a Drag
Adam Roth & Evan Dando
3:52 $0.99
7. Waiting for the Pain (feat. Dennis Ray)
The Uptown Horns
4:51 $0.99
8. Giblets
Crispin Cioe
5:21 $0.99
9. Small Talk
Soozie Tyrell
4:24 $0.99
10. I Can't Stop the Rain
Lou Christie
3:03 $0.99
11. I've Grown Used to Losin'
George Gilmore
3:48 $0.99
12. I Want to Be at My Own Funeral
David Johansen
6:13 $0.99
13. Last Call
Hank Bones
5:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
A Fan's Notes . . .
Don't feel left out if you've never heard of "Burnzy's Last Call." Despite winning an award at the Atlantic City Film Festival and airing on the Sundance Channel, the flick (ably directed by Michael de Avila) hasn't exactly burned up the silver screen, despite a cooler-than-cool soundtrack and a nimble ensemble cast that includes David Johansen and actors from "Law & Order," "ER," and "The Sopranos." Produced and largely co-written by Crispin Cioe (of The Uptown Horns/Cracked Ice), co-writing on several tunes with the film's scripter George Gilmore, the "Burnzy's Last Call" soundtrack operates on a simple principle: well-known artists (Johansen, Deborah Harry, Lou Christie, the Smithereens, Graham Parker, Evan Dando, Uptown Horns, et al.) are "cast" as fictitious one-hit wonders and asked to perform original songs in the style of a predetermined fictitious recording artist.

The film mostly takes place in a slightly seedy downtown NYC bar, so the clever conceit here is that all these tunes are emanating from the classic multi-colored jukebox at the back of the gin-mill, as the slice-of-life action proceeds through a day-in-the-life of a saloon. Approached in an appropriately lighthearted vein, the formula yields wonderful results, particularly in cuts by Johansen (the hilarious David Bowie glam send-off "Space Monkey" and the Louis Prima-inspired "I Want To Be At My Own Funeral"), Harry (the unabashed Mary Hopkin sendup "So We Danced Again"), and Lou Christie, who custom-penned the sentimental heart-stopper "I Can't Stop The Rain". Other highlights include the Smithereens' Gene Pitney-esque "(I Don't Want To Look) In The Mirror", Graham Parker's British Invasion and Herman's Hermits-inspired "Childhood Sweetheart", and the Four Seasons-patterned "What Will I Do With My Heart," written and performed by Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken and musical collaborator Pete DiBello. This is a great idea for a soundtrack that makes you wonder why no one thought of it sooner.

Original “Burnzy’s Last Call” Album Track Notes:
"A jukebox full of one-hit wonders . . . "

All songs produced and arranged by Crispin Cioe, except where noted

1. “Into the Mirror” (written by Dennis Diken & Pete DiBella)
Performed by Nik Gentry (Smithereens)
Produced by Dennis Diken, horns arranged by Crispin Cioe
Nik Gentry blasted out of Melvindale, Michigan in 1962. But after being indicted in a bootleg Vernor’s Ginger Ale scheme with a former Detroit Tiger pitching ace, neither he nor his solipsism has been seen or heard from again.

2. “Space Monkey” (written by David Johansen, George Gilmore & Crispin Cioe)
Performed by Little John Nancy (David Johansen)
As Little John’s mother once revealed to Melody Maker, she knew her son was destined for show biz greatness when he toddled straight from his baby pram to the mirror and sang Johnny Ray tunes into a hairbrush before he said “Mama!” This debut single from the seminal concept album “Astro-Naughty” was released shortly before the last sequins fell on glitter rock in his hometown, London, and Mr. Nancy metamorphosized from a sexually ambiguous British pop star into the Marlene Dietrich of post-glam Top-40 radio (see Track 3).

3. “So We Danced Again” (written by Deborah Harry, George Gilmore & Crispin Cioe)
Performed by Nancy John (Deborah Harry)
Now it can be told: after an August, 1976 visit to a famous Swiss clinic, Little John Nancy emerged with a new voice, name and aesthetic. Sadly, this tune was Nancy John’s lone pop charting, but the chorus’s stiff martial cadence has made it a perennial Oktoberfest favorite the world over.

4. “What Will I Do With My Heart” (written by Dennis Diken & Pete DiBella)
Performed by The Boleros (Dennis Diken & Pete DiBella)
Produced by Dennis Diken
Generally acknowledged throughout Ohio for introducing gaucho foot fashion to Cleveland, the Boleros stomped out of the Cuyahoga County music scene in righteous protest when, on the eve of this stunning track’s pop ascent, the Fab Four trotted off the plane and onto American tarmac in their so-called “Beatle Boots”.

5. “Childhood Sweetheart” (written by Graham Parker)
Performed by Wally & the Wankers (Graham Parker)
Wally & the Wankers, from Kimber in the north of England, hit in July 1964 with this quintessential paean, the subject of which, Wally later confided, was “the town bike—everyone ‘ad a ride. . . .”. “Sweetheart” was actually the group’s second single, having first dented the charts with “Trampoline Girl”. The follow-up to “. . . Sweetheart”, “Crushed By a Tractor”, spotlighting Wally’s new grasp of Islamic yodeling, was a wee extreme for the Wankers’ public, and the group broke up. Wally still resides in Kimber, where he has had a distinguished and long career at the Kimber rubber grommet factory.
Wally & the Wankers: 1964-1964

6. “Baby You’re a Drag” (written by Adam Roth)
Performed by Spirochaetes (Evan Dando & Adam Roth)
Produced by Adam Roth
If you were young and lived on Long Island in 1967, chances are you went to see this local band burn it at the Snortatorium in Port Seasaw every Friday night. This single barely registered west of Syosset, but it did land the hot shots their first (and only) club tour, on a triple bill between Topo Gigio and Mrs. Miller. The rest, of course, was history.

7. “Waiting For the Pain” (written by Crispin Cioe & George Gilmore)
Performed by Melvyn Straight (Dennis Ray & The Uptown Horns)
There was a time Melvyn could make women cry when he sang. But after his celebrated marriage to Flo Ballard’s distant cousin, they not only stopped crying, but listening. Today he runs a successful psychic suicide hotline in upstate New York.

8. “Giblets” (written by George Gilmore & Crispin Cioe)
Performed by Duke Duckworth & The Mallards (Crispin Cioe, George Gilmore, et al)
Duke had a tasty string of soulful instrumental hits based on food names. As fate would have it, the only decent cooking he ever did was on record. On an ill-starred road trip to promote “Giblets”, the tainted egg salad he whipped up in the back of the bus just outside Big Johnson Bend, Missouri, blew the Mallards out of the sky forever.

9. “Small Talk” (written by George Gilmore & Crispin Cioe)
Performed by Judy Paris (Soozie Tyrell)
Nobody could wear a cocktail dress on an album cover like Judy Paris. Unfortunately, that was the only place she could be persuaded to wear anything. After running naked through her native Chicago one freezing winter night too many, she has been confined to a warm padded cell for her own safety.

10. “I Can’t Stop The Rain” (written by Lou Christie)
Performed by Frankie Modesto (Lou Christie)
Produced by Mark Suozzo
Engineered by Ted Spencer
One of the great unsolved mysteries of pop, Modesto was a sensitive kid on the tough streets of Connecticut who recorded his entire angst-ridden oeuvre just after hitting puberty. Alas, Frankie disappeared while on an Eagle Scout camping trip in the White Mountains, where backpackers still claim, if the mosquitoes aren’t biting too bad, to hear the faint echo of his falsetto.

11. “I’ve Grown Used to Losin’” (written by George Gilmore & Crispin Cioe)
Performed by Skinny Blackmon (George Gilmore)
Skinny first ambled out of West Virginia in the late ‘50s, singing his mournful odes to the bottle for a small, pickled cadre. After this song smashed throughout the South and South Boston, Blackmon briefly achieved national fame as the spokesman for Old Stepdad Bourbon. As further testament to that brand’s virtues as an embalming fluid, if not a a potable beverage, Skinny is miraculously propped up today in Branson, MO, where he chairs the County Liquor and Pocketknife Commission.

12. “I Want To Be At My Own Funeral”(written by David Johansen, George Gilmore & Crispin Cioe)
Performed by Louie “Segundo” Due (David Johansen)
Louie liked his music like he liked his cigars: rum-soaked, wine-dipped and stinky. And the ladies all agreed on one thing when it came to this Sicilian-born, Mobile-bred warbler: that man could really extend a metaphor!

13. “Last Call” (written by Crispin Cioe & Krista Bradford)
Performed by Steve Gourmand (Hank Bones)
Any swinger worth his sharkskin can recall this equation: Frank Sinatra is to Matt Monro as Nick Apollo Forte is to Steve Gourmand. Although Gourmand never really graduated form the mob-run toilets where he dutifully crooned away so many South Jersey nights, decades later this number even made it to Manhattan, where it was the unofficial theme song of many a joint like the one in which Steve Gourmand perished tragically in a keno-related dispute.

Guitar: Adam Roth (RIP), Brian Koonin, Evan Dando, George Gilmore, Graham Parker, Pete DiBella, Mark Suozzo, Jim Babjak, Larry Salzman, Pat DiNizio, Larry Campbell, Danny Draher
Pedal Steel Guitar: David Hamburger
Bass: Charlie Roth, Paul Ossola, Ivan Bodley, Mike Mesaros, Seth Glassman
Drums: Denny McDermott, Sim Cain, Crusher Green (RIP), Dennis Diken
Keyboards: Charlie Roth, Charlie Giordano, Brian Mitchell
Percussion: Fred Walcott
Violin: Larry Campbell
Sax solos: Crispin Cioe
The Uptown Horns: Crispin Cioe, Arno Hecht, Bob Funk, Larry Etkin
Background vocals: Leslie Wagner, Sherryl Marshall, Nancy Bender, Mark Grandfield, George Gilmore, Evan Dando, Adam Roth, Charlie Roth, Crispin Cioe



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