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Cut The Jive

by Paul Spencer & The Maxines

Power-Pop with a wild punk edge
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Regrets
4:09 $0.99
2. Bolt Of Lightning
3:53 $0.99
3. Ain't Nobody (Gonna Tell Me What To Do)
3:29 $0.99
4. Today Is The Day
3:44 $0.99
5. T.L.M.E.Y.
2:17 $0.99
6. Shake Off
4:37 $0.99
7. Don't Put Me Down
2:56 $0.99
8. Cut The Jive
1:10 $0.99
9. 24 Hour Non-Stop Perfect Waste Of Time
3:56 $0.99
10. Alcohol, Cigarettes & Coffee
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Following the release of Paul Spencer’s 2005 debut, “The Whole Shebang” ("A promising debut album - Spencer infuses his meaty, Cheap Trick / Heartbreakers-like garage / power-pop with thick catchy riffs, and a scratchy, bluesy voice which alternately recalls Elvis Costello, Paul Westerberg and The New York Dolls’ David Johansen...the songs are solid and Spencer's enthusiasm remains unchecked throughout the album.” - Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover)

2007's “Cut the Jive” builds on the promise of that record, bringing the power-pop elements to the forefront and infusing the songs with hooks galore (The Raspberries and Cheap Trick come to mind), without ever losing a wild punk edge that owes a lot to bands like The Clash, The New York Dolls and seminal post-punkers The Replacements.

Backed by The Maxines (name which right at first glance recalls The NY Dolls’ sleaze), the CT based Spencer seems to have found in the swagger of The Maxines the perfect vehicle to deliver his highly charged brand of rock & roll, full of power chords, sticky melodies and clever lyrics (“I’ll be at the bar drinking myself sober / But there’s now way I’m gonna avoid the hangover”, warns the take-no-prisoners opening track, “No Regrets”)

"Bolt of Lightning", true to its name, blasts out of the speakers next: a song about a punk rock girl who digs The Damned, it succeeds with its luscious harmonies, lightning solo and start-stop dynamics (courtesy of the solid-as-a-rock Maxines drummer, Bobby Soares). It also introduces the listener to the unifying subject of the album - the System ("You wanna shake the System / You wanna give it one good earthquake / So every brand new day / Brings a new hair color and a new set of rules to break")

"Ain't Nobody (Gonna Tell Me What To Do)" maintains the rebellious mood in a vicious riff, a bouncy chorus with catchy "woooo-hoooo!"s, a juicy twin-guitar solo that recalls Thin Lizzy, and some very defiant lyrics ("It's genetically built into my DNA / Until my 6 feet of earth claim it one day / People hear what they see, but can you really see me? / Go feed the Machine, waste no time on me"). The listener is treated at the end to a restart / coda filled with some gorgeous background harmonies that recall Big Star, The Raspberries, Badfinger.

"Today Is the Day" kicks in with an anthemic fury, best expressed in its lyrics: "Because you only regret the things that you don't do / And when you live by the rules / the System is bound to get to you!". Sonically, it invokes The Replacements circa "Tim", and it features a(nother) blistering solo from The Maxines' lead guitarist Danny Soares.

"T.L.M.E.Y." - the initials being nothing more than a jokey take on the song's chorus - comes across as Ramones style punk but with a Kinks sensibility, which makes for a sticky-as-glue melody; it's the kind of infectious tune that lodges itself in one's brain and stays there. Full of the same beautiful background harmonies supplied throughout the album by The Maxines' bassist, Mark Soares (who also created the provocative album cover), "T.L.M.E.Y." is pure power-pop.

"Shake Off" announces itself with a boozed-up shout from Paul Spencer ("Sing when you win, booze when you lose!") that would make Bon Scott proud. The song features a powerful riff coupled with a feverish, funky cowbell and a barrage of "La-La-La-La-La"s straight out of The Who's workbook. Lyrically, it is pure barbed wire while being funny at the same time; it contains some of Spencer's best lines: "She was a czech, I was her mate / Ain't life ironic? Call it fate", and "Burning the chaff, smoking the weed / And punching the clock until it bleeds", just to mention a few examples. The whole song is a lyrical tour-de-force with a swaggering solo to boot and a rhythm section that just won't let loose.

Next comes "Don't Put Me Down" strolling by with its Stones-y riff, shifting fast-slow-fast dynamics, quirky background vocals and a rippin' solo that sounds like pure Keith Richards. The whole song has a punkish 'going-off-the-rails-at-any-moment' feel to it, partially created by the pumpin' piano in the background & the jealousy theme, which nevertheless is counter-balanced for comic relief by lines such as, "Girl, you can't say I never tried / It will be hard to wave goodbye / Specially in handcuffs / With broken bones and stuff".

The title track follows right way, and at a mere 1:10, it's one hell of a ride. Opening with a delirious, 'taking the piss', radio-like jingle, it quickly kicks into full punk mode, but with a twist - with its rollercoaster piano in the forefront, it sounds like Jerry Lee Lewis fronting the Ramones. With Paul Opalach providing the pumpin' piano, "Cut the Jive" sounds like a barely contained riot ("Smash the bottle, go full throttle / Kick the stool, spin & wobble"). It reminds us how much 50's rock & roll (Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, etc) has, in terms of spirit & rawness, lots in common with the late 70's punk exemplified in bands like The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols, etc.

"24 Hour Non-Stop Perfect Waste of Time" arrives next with hooks & handclaps galore. Opening with a crunching Cheap Trick-like guitar sound and the typical, clever word play you've come to expect from Spencer ("Well you took a bad joke / And you made it kind of funny / You wrote your number on the wall / And made a meal out of my money"), the tune is genuine power-pop bliss, oozing gorgeous' "Aaaahaaa"s and a catchy as hell chorus that can lead a listener to pressing that 'play' button over & over again.

The record closes with the sweet & mellow acoustic pop of "Alcohol, Cigarettes & Coffee". With a sound that conjures up The Shins, like an outtake from "Oh, Inverted World", "Alcohol, Cigarettes & Coffee" fully displays the range that Paul Spencer and The Maxines possess and their knack for writing and playing damn catchy tunes.

Expertly produced by Paul Opalach (who, with ease, brings out the power-pop elements of the band while retaining a raw-as-sushi punk edge), and skillfully mastered at NYC's legendary Frankford Wayne by Duncan Stanbury, "Cut the Jive" is one hell of a sophomore release for an indie band.

I think it was George Bernard Shaw who once said, “Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned”. Though the man could not envision such a thing as rock & roll as ‘the’ music he had in mind, one would be hard pressed to find a better definition of it; rock & roll is indeed the brandy of the damned, and at its best, it is loud, raw & exhilarating. “Cut the Jive” exudes all those elements and leaves the listener wanting more...lots more.

The only 'problem' is that Paul Spencer & The Maxines sound less like musical amateurs and more like wild, skillful rockers that promise even greater things to come...and what a good type of ‘problem’ that is to have.


THE BIG TAKEOVER (Issue 61, Dec.'07):

'Adrenaline-fueled rock the way you like it'

"This is the second album for CT-based rocker Spencer, following 2005's 'The Whole Shebang', his backing band now credited as The Maxines. From the first track, the chugging, propulsive "No Regrets", it's clearly apparent that the band has gelled nicely. Bobby and Mark Soares form a potent rhythm section, effortlessly alternating the tempos throughout, with Spencer and Danny Soares providing thick and meaty guitar licks (producer Paul Opalach gives the LP a raw edge, and contributes rapid-fire, Jerry Lee Lewis-like piano trilling on the title track). Further, Spencer has that perfect rock 'n' roll voice: gruff and abrasive like David Johansen and Paul Westerberg, with loads of Mick Jagger-like swagger. Recalling The Replacements and Heartbreakers, with bits of Stooges and Misfits, this is adrenaline-fueled rock the way you like it." - Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover


Paul Spencer & The Maxines' music has been featured on the MTV shows "Cribs", "My Super Sweet Sixteen", VH1's "Hogan Knows Best" and on cd compilations alongside artists such as Spoon, Okkervil River, John Vanderslice, Architecture In Helsinki, Suzanne Vega, Emerson Hart (Tonic), Fionn Regan, Ani DiFranco, David J (Bauhaus / Love And Rockets) and Marty Willson-Piper (The Church / The Saints).




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Alcohol fueled jamming!
Take the raw energy from proto-punk acts like Iggy and the Stooges and the NY Dolls, pair it with a throbbing crunch of rhythm guitar, hang it from some killer lead riffs ala The 'Stones, then throw some 3-deep backup harmonies in and you're only beginning to scratch up a description.

Be sure to catch my favorite at Track 7: Don't Put Me Down


Great stuff guys
Greetings from Brisbane,Australia. Diggin' your new cd. From Darryl and the boys from Hair Of The Dog. Also special regards from my friend Alan, original drummer from The Saints.............Know your product :-)

Gilles from Paris France!

Hi! Since yesterday I listen your album. Marvelous one! It's loud like Social Distortion with a little 60's mix sound (garage-punk?). Good punk-rock! "Regret" is a killer introduction track!!! But all others are good... Have a good time. Cheers. Gilles from Paris.


Great album, reminds me to Herman Brood
Really great album and did remind me straight away to Herman Brood, best tracks in my opinion are No Regrets and Cut The Jive.
Greetings from the Netherlands [Holland]

Dom, Wales

Great old school rockin cd
Got to listen to the cd because of the influences and boy I wasn't dissapointed. from the opening track no regret with its blondie like woo ahhs and raw riff you know what your going to get. If you like the heartbreakers and Richard Hell then this cd is for you. SOme great catchy choruses and attention to detail. highlight for me are, TLMEY and theres a great swagger about the track bolt of lightning and carries on with shake off.

An album that would accompany any self respecting collection of good indie/old school punk music. What are you waiting for give it a spin today. I am over here in rainy and wet Wales, am I'm playing it again and again.UK

Bernd Weinberg

Nicht nur für Teenager der 70er Jahre
Paul Spencers neues Album ist nahezu ununterbrochen musikalische Lebensfreude: erfrischende Rock- und Popmusik mit einem Schuss Punk, die gute Laune macht und zum Mitsingen einlädt. Nicht nur jung gebliebene Teenager aus den 70er und 80er Jahren werden die Songs mögen, wie auch die jüngsten Erfolge von Bands wie Mando Diao, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs u.a. zeigen.
Songs wie Ain’t Nobody, No Regrets, Today’s the Day, Don’t Put me Down machen an einen nicht nur an, wenn die Autobahn frei ist ...


1st one fantastic 2nd even better!
Sweden calling the World.
Listen to this, is this guy talented or what?
This things is so good that I can't pick out any favorites from it. But listen to T.L.M.E.Y, Today is the day and 24H... I get reminded of all those great late 70's and early 80's bands such as The Outcasts, The Jook, The Jolt and The Young Bucks a.o. They didn't get so many minutes in fames light. But I hope Paul and his buddies keep on the spirit they show here. And that they get the recognition they deservs.

Tony M - Melbourne Australia

Fresh Rock 'n' Roll - the way it should be!!!!
Paul Spencer and the Maxines have outdone themselves. Of what I assume to be an independant recording comes a masterful batch of songs and performance that rivals contemporaries like the New York Dolls and post punk bands like Radio Birdman and The Hitmen. From the surf rock influenced opener No Regrets through to the end track ballad Alcohol, Cigarettes & Coffee, finally a CD that encaptulates the last 2 decades of hit and miss rock and packs it into a blast of high energy rock 'n' roll the way it should be. Listen to it once, twice, and let the music be your master. 5 stars from Australia.

eugenio from Italy

the clash, the pistols the crunchy Steve Jones giutar, the dolls; shake it all u
Well the Cut The Jive project is a mix of rough punk stuff and a little bit of pure rock & roll all well balanced. You have to love the pistols Today Is The Day you have to love the clash Don't Put Me Down to like it and the new york dolls . You can tell Paul has in mind some Cheap Trick also but to me the arrangements of the edgy punk is evident. Bolt Of Lightning my favorite listen to see it what I mean Steve Jones guitar is there! Hey Paul should not have listened to all these scums boy!!!!!! Enjoy it


a sound you´ve probably never heard before
When you listen to this album the first thing you will notice is a freshness of a sound you´ve probably never heard before but because it´s just the enthusiastic sound of Pauls Spencer & the Maxines.
You will hear influences of Iggy / Jason & The Scorchers / Ramones with catchy riffs and sometimes background harmonies that even create a Rubettes sound once in a while.
Play this album loud in your car, at home or where ever you are.
I would love to see this band Alive and party with them all night…

The songs on this album:
"No regrets" start with a Rubettes type of intro but you get a real Rock ´n Roll wave all over you….

"Bolt Of Lightning", a song about a punk rock girl with a great guitar as a wall of sound supported by a great drummer and background choir…..……..

"Ain't Nobody (Gonna Tell Me What To Do)" makes you just wanna move and get on the dance floor…a great partysong…..

"Today Is The Day" especially when you play this album…..there is no place left to hide…….

"T.L.M.E.Y." is bulldozering all over you…don´t drive to fast now…...

"Shake Off" is a real lalalalalalala song with a great rhythm…….

"Don't Put Me Down" is pure sixties garage rock with a glass cutting guitar and heavy harmonies……

"Cut The Jive" title song, piano, high speed, just 1 minute of pure rock n roll

"24 Hour Non-Stop Perfect Waste Of Time" reminds me of somebody who was my favourite waste of time, which is certainly not valid for this album.. really great song which I probably like the most

"Alcohol, Cigarettes & Coffee" is probably the song you need after listening to the other songs….. turn on your lighters…probably their favourite encore song….as it would be mine…

So buy this album…..!!!!!!!!!
VP of Rock N Roll from The Netherlands
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