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Jim Testa

by Jim Testa

Folk-punk with a definitive retro, 60's twist that's quirky, catchy, and lots of fun.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jean Shepherd
3:41 album only
2. Incredible Shrinking Man (I Love You)
2:45 album only
3. Bad New York Band
2:55 album only
4. I Was A Teenage Frankenstein
2:57 album only
5. There Used To Be A Ballpark
2:04 album only


Album Notes
Jim Testa is best known as the editor/publisher of Jersey Beat fanzine. A freelance rock critic whose work has appeared in everything from Punk Planet and Maximumrocknroll to Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, he was also the longtime music columnist for The Jersey Journal. On this CD, he steps from in front of the mic to behind it, offering his catchy, intelligent, retro folk/pop songs on topics that range from a tongue-in-cheek look at his tortured high-school years ("I Was A Teenage Frankenstein") to the many awful bands he's had to endure as a critic ("Bad New York Band").

"Jean Shepherd" is Jim's paean to the great American humorist best known for writing and narrating the Xmas classic "A Christmas Story," although Jim's track salutes Shepherd's long-running WOR radio talk show (as well as the special memories we all treasure from our childhood.)

Produced by NJ writer/musician Tris McCall, the 5-song EP has a bouncy feel, fueled by Jim's strummed acoustic guitar and Tris' tasty organ and synth parts. Chris Butler (The Waitresses, Tin Huey) makes a cameo appearance on drums, as do members of The Slow Wire, Spiral Jetty, and Brooklyn's Negatones.



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Heather King

Songs my Father Never Sang rocks!!!
"It's all in the stories that we tell...", says Testa in a testament to one of his adolescent heros "Jean Shepherd," and thank God some of us are wacked enough, or geeky enough, or passionate enough to try to tell them...these songs have heart, good cheer and a wicked sense of humor. Long live Jim Testa!!!