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9 o'clock in the Afternoon

by Speedsters and Dopers

This is an amazing CD filled with great songs and the vibe of live in-studio performance....lyrically, every song is exceptional.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Made To Suffer
4:12 $0.99
2. Sally Sells Seashells
1:00 $0.99
3. Desiree
2:24 $0.99
4. Therapy As Rock n Roll
3:22 $0.99
5. Iggy Pop
2:19 $0.99
6. Sister Do
2:18 $0.99
7. Comes To You
3:33 $0.99
8. Super Daddy
4:29 $0.99
9. Mother Adorned
2:33 $0.99
10. Million Dollar Face
4:45 $0.99
11. What Can't Eat and Breathe
1:29 $0.99
12. White As Hell
2:37 $0.99
13. Like A Fool
3:04 $0.99
14. Broadway
3:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Speedsters and Dopers were founded in NYC, in June of 00 by former Fishermen's Stew www.fishstew.com and Wooden Soldiers' songwriter, Greg Di Gesu. After 19 years as a guitar- playing singer, Di Gesu has decided to free his hands by laying down the guitar and leaving the instrumentation to others.

The result is Speedsters and Dopers. This decision has enabled him to focus his attention on the lyrics and their delivery while relying on the band to interpret his songs. Abandoning the idea of a "revolving door of musicians", as established in Fishermen's Stew, Di Gesu has now assembled a group of musicians he has known and played with over the years. The combination and vibe of these close friends has created a band..a difficult occurrence by any means!

Dan Green (GIFT HORSE / SKYWRITER) is on bass and Jeff Kolber (BRENDA KAHN / MIMIROCK ) on guitar. Drummer Phil Cimino and keyboardist Billy Donohue are also in attendance, both having toured extensively in JOHN CALE's band. Jack Petruzzelli (JOAN OSBORNE / VANESSA PARADIS / FAB FAUX ) completes the sound with his amazing innovative guitar sounds.

After their debut gig in NYC, the band went immediately into the studio capturing the excitement and spontaneity of the music. These recordings and future ones will make up the band's debut release, due out later this year. Recordings can be heard at www.mp3.com/SpeedAndDope

Besides being the group's songwriter and vocalist, Di Gesu also engineers and produces all studio efforts www.fishstew.com/greg.html In his 13th year as a recording engineer, he is visionary in the sound and execution of the music.

There is a great deal of vibe in this music lending to very interesting and enticing live performances. And the bottom line is that the songwriting is becoming more than just exceptional. Planning extensive shows both nationally and internationally, as well as recorded releases and online accessibility, Speedsters and Dopers will continue to bring their addictive music to the people.

contact: Harding PR

Bernadette Suski Harding




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Jason Scott

Very good album. Fun, yet compelling at the same time. Can account for any mood, provided you give it the chance.


If "Therapy As Rock n Roll" is an indication
then I am gonna love this CD!! I've been groovin on this band for a while, and waiting for this CD's release. Got some choice keyboards in this tune, jammy guitars and the band is hot!! Way to rock the roof off!

Laura T. Lynch of Kweevak.com

Production is first rate on this diverse rock collection that is touched by the blues and light punk. Their sound is full bodied with diverse textures, inventive guitar leads, funky beats, synthesizer accents and animated sometime haunting vocals. The fourteen songs plus the hidden track on this collection have vaguely familiar influences such as Lou Reed and early Bowie yet it is fresh and original. Greg and his fellow composers write strong visual lyrics and intriguing instrumentation completes the package. 'Desiree' is a prime example with poetic words blending with a lively captivating groove and a subtle beat melding with expressive vocals. It is followed by 'Therapy As Rock n Roll' with its restrained blues vibe combined with innovative guitar work, a rock solid beat and carried by potent piano notes. I am still trying to figure out the meaning of the lyrics but the hook line is catchy and the song has soul. 'Super Daddy' has depth with its dynamic guitars, intriguing keyboard work and storytelling vocals. Speedsters and Dopers are modern troubadours with a unique intriguing sound!

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Speedsters and Dopers - 9 o'clock in the Afternoon

I have already praised the 3-song EP with the excellent "Made To Suffer", for a couple of months. Now Greg DiGesu has put forth an entire album. Greg was able to win for his band several terrific musicians who otherwise earn their bread with John Cale, Brenda Kahn, Joan Osborne, or Vanessa Paradis. "Made To Suffer", Greg's immediate reaction to 9/11/2001, also opens the album. I must confess that I at first didn't really understand the song. That doesn't detract from the absolutely soulful execution, which no one can be unaffected by. "Therapy As Rock And Roll" is cryptical, heavy, and dominated by experimental guitar sounds. "Iggy Pop" is a typical Greg DiGesu song. The playful "Sister Do" is reminiscent of post-Floyd Syd Barret and "Comes To You" drives the psychedelic drone a level higher. "Super Daddy" is aimed at Kurt Cobain, without stepping near him musically, spacey guitar - lost in the ozone. About "Mother Adorned", Greg has said "A laid back piece that has somehow been graced by the Moody Blues listening to Big Star's Sister Lovers." Hmmm.…yes, that could be it. Overall, Greg's commentary on the songs are very helpful. "Million Dollar Face" must be listened to more than once before you can unlock it. At that point, Radiohead meets Elvis Costello comes to mind. When I think about it, "White As Hell" sounds not unlike Ray Davies and Vaudeville Band. And "Like A Fool" is actually an ordinary cheerful country rocker, whereas the next song "Broadway" conjures for a moment the ghost of Johnny Thunders. And then follows at some distance the archaic blues-rock "Son Of My Father", which also graced the small EP. Actually, it is also the album of the month here - And throughout the year, I will continue to appreciate it.

Mike Korbik
Berlin, Germany
June 2003