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Boys Can't Be Trusted

by Bean Hoy

Wry, award-winning (really!) lyrics with a topical bent and a cool blues/folk/rock groove. "Kinda like Dave Barry backed by the Violent Femmes" –LAX Magazine.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Mighty Dread
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2. Road Construction
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3. Sorry
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4. Rain In My Heart
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5. Broken Things
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6. Milky Way
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7. Crazy Little Fingers
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8. Faux Life
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9. Boys Can't Be Trusted
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10. Short Term Memory (I Lost My)
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11. Da Vinci Drives A Cherokee
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12. A Little Bit Confused
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13. My 19-Inch Teacher
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14. Heileman's
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15. Last Generation of Rock 'n' Roll
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Topical, folky, extremely tasty, with flourishes of jazz, new wave and blues... kinda like Dave Barry backed by the Violent Femmes. The songs are a laundry list of local and national maladies, often depicted with a dark sense of humor. And, as often as not, the music is as playful as the words. Starling talk-sings clever lyrics about everything from fake lives to Heileman's (brewery) to road construction. All in all, the album is a reflection of inane pop culture, where one no longer condemns the plastic world around us but instead videotapes it for later when there's nothing else on." –Ted Johnson, LAX Magazine

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Guitar-slingin' journalist Mike Starling started the Bean Hoy band project as an outlet for his wry, topical tunes about subjects like road construction, farmer tans and the joys of beater cars and Wisconsin winters. Taking the stage in everything from an acoustic duo on up to an eight-piece rock band with a brass section called the Horns of Vengeance, Bean Hoy's spirited and unpredictable sound draws inspiration from such sundry sources as Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, the Velvet Underground and Mad magazine.

The group's debut cassette won Best Local Recording of the Year in the 1993 La Crosse Area Music Awards (LAMMIES). The best songs on that long-out-of-print tape were remastered and re-released with six new tracks on the 1998 CD "Boys Can't Be Trusted." A second disc, "Cool Music for a Big Dumb World," followed in 2006. "Get Lost: The Studio J Sessions" (2008) was the last studio release and the only one by the Milwaukee-based version of the band.

ALBUM CREDITS: MUSICIANS
Mike Starling: Lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, harmonica, cedar flute, kazoo, Plymouth Horizon horn, percussion. Jim Vogt: Drums, bass, vibraphone, percussion, vocals. Casey Virock: Acoustic guitar, vocals. David Purcell: Drums, percussion. Hans Mayer: Muted guitar, bass, vocals. Jason Knox: Piano, electric guitar, percussion, vocals. Mark Lakmanm: Trombone. Pete Vogt: Clarinet, drums, vocals. Gretchen Vogt Henchen: Tuba. Jeff Halko: Pedal steel, vocals. Lonnie Oines: Bass.

ALBUM CREDITS: PRODUCTION
Track 1 recorded and mixed by Mike Starling at The Attic on Pine Street Sound, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 recorded and mixed by Jason Knox at his home studio in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Original sessions for tracks 3, 4, 9 and 10 recorded by Hans Mayer at Fifth Street Studio, La Crosse, Wisconsin; overdub sessions recorded by Jason Knox; mixed by Jason Knox. Track 11 recorded and mixed by David Reinders at Magneto 16, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mastered by Brett Huus at Sound Strations Audio, Brownsville, Minnesota. Words, music and sound recordings ©Mike Starling. Songs published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI).

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Ted Johnson, LaX Magazine

Topical, folky and tasty
Topical, folky, extremely tasty, with flourishes of jazz, new wave and blues... kinda like Dave Barry backed by the Violent Femmes. The songs are a laundry list of local and national maladies, often depicted with a dark sense of humor. And, as often as not, the music is as playful as the words. Starling talk-sings clever lyrics about everything from fake lives to Heileman's (brewery) to road construction. All in all, the album is a reflection of inane pop culture, where one no longer condemns the plastic world around us but instead videotapes it for later when there's
nothing else on.
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Parker Forsell, Dandelion Whine

The album really grows on you, each song a story in itself.
Definitely La Crosse’s best folk/rock/blues act. My favorite part of the album is Mike Starling’s songwriting. The album really grows on you, each song a story in itself.... A fully produced release with great liner notes. Impressive.
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Music fan from Albany NY, posted to Amazon.com

Songs full of grit, irony and sophisticated humor
Utterly fun. Starling exhibits grit, irony and sophisticated humor in his songs. The music surprises you at every curve and corner as it traverses through your head. A truly undervalued and underplayed recording.
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Music fan from Milwaukee WI, as posted to Amazon.com

Clever lyrics beautiful counterbalance raw musical energy
Mike Starling's exceptionally clever lyrics beautifully counterbalance the raw energy of his musical delivery. Starling is no vapid pretty boy competing for the attention of pre-teens. His music reflects the maturity of someone who has experienced life and learned from it. He employs sophisticated wry humour to tell the tales of a wild dog with an intellect. Open the jaws of your CD player and feed it "Boys Can't Be Trusted" and toss the jewel case out -- 'cause you won't want to listen to anything else.
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Janet

Boyish charm dusted with sarcasm
This has songs, sung with a smile, about hating road construction, dragging yourself to work, and the highlights of TV from the 70s. You can hear Mike smiling; you can hear the wryness in his grin. If you loved the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, the music will delight you. Be sure to check out the pictures of the artist as a wee lad. They're worth the price of the CD alone!
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