Big Rude Jake

Big Rude Jake

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Big Rude Jake throw their (collective) fedora into the neo-Swing thing, and what separates them from the pack is the rowdy, decidedly politically-incorrect sense of humor that infuses their lyrics. The mysteries of modern romance are discussed in "Queer For Cat" and the scathing "Let's Kill All The Rock Stars" speaks for itself. In some ways, Big Rude Jake are closer to their historical forefathers Louis Jordan and Wynonnie Harris than many of their ilk--Harris and Jordan did topical songs with a strong shot of satire, not to mention a healthy dose of leering (but good-natured) lust for the fruits of the tree of Love. The music has more of a rock and roll whomp to it than the neo-Swing-set, and Jake sounds a bit like ex-Wall Of Voodoo singer Stan Ridgway. A good time will be had by all, but don't neglect the old masters (like Harris, Jordan, Louis Prima, Jimmy Liggins and Ella Mae Morse).

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