Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sweet Home Chicago (live) - Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers

Enjoy hearing Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers perform "Sweet Home Chicago" live at The Bottom Line in New York City, Oct. 4, 1988. One of my favorite live and rockin' blues version of this song ever! (Audio version only.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm Not Your Man - 1988 Article

Tommy Conwell shoots first video from News of Delaware County, July 20, 1988.

"This was the scene this past Monday at Ardmore's 23 East as Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers shot their first video, "I'm Not Your Man," for Columbia Records. The band invited 200 fans to participate in the taping. The first Columbia album is due in early August...."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thanks But No Thanks - Neuroticus Maximus

DJ Caterina just purchased "Thanks But No Thanks," previously unreleased music from Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers online at the Tommy Conwell Store:
"Never released music by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers - Originally titled Neuroticus Maximus, recorded at A&M Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Ed Stasium (Ramones, Smithereens, Soul Asylum) in 1992, this album has never seen the light of day until now..."
- Tommy Conwell Store
"Around 1992 The Young Rumblers made an album that MCA paid for, but never put out. It's a good recording, was a little different for us at the time, and is pretty good, I think. I don't like the original title, so I renamed it Thanks But No Thanks. It's available now for the first time ever at tommyconwellstore.com. I hope you like it."

Tommy Conwell, 2009
DJ Caterina has heard Neuroticus Maximus many times, both the original and the demos. Favorite track is "Up Around The Way" - dig the opening guitar riff and the lyrics:
"...it's what you are, not who you know."

Purchase Thanks But No Thanks today!

1. Up Around The Way
2. More Than This
3. Punktuality
4. Terrified
5. I Wanted You
6. I Wish
7. The Devil's Touch
8. I Like You
9. You've Given Up

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Million Pretty Girls [live] at the Spectrum

Million Pretty Girls! Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers perform "Million Pretty Girls" live at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, February 20, 1987.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Guitar Trouble Review

Guitar Trouble longbox image.

          Sony tapped longtime Dwight Yoakam producer Pete Anderson to helm Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers' sophomore LP Guitar Trouble, outsourcing the majority of songwriting duties as well. The end result is a corporate roots rock record with none of the cheeky bar band charm of Conwell's debut effort, Rumble, spelling the swift end of the group's major-label tenure. The album seems slapped together from spare parts; the youthful nihilism of Conwell's self-penned "I'm Seventeen" is completely at odds with Anderson's slick adult alternative production, which adds Bruce Hornsby's elegant piano to further distort the song's intent, while entries like "Rock with You" and the title cut are distressingly mundane, scrubbed clean of all their grit and passion. Guitar Trouble is frustrating proof that not only can you take the band out the bar, but you can take the bar out of the band as well.

~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide