Lloyd Tripp

Ride That Rocket

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Upon listening to this fun, guitar-pickin' rockabilly record, one would instantly assume that the bandmembers hailed from somewhere in Kentucky or Alabama. Nothing could be further than the truth, however; this album was actually written and recorded in San Francisco, as far from the heartland as one could get without leaving the United States. It is a high-energy combination of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Chuck Berry that positively smacks of down-home cheer. The songs, which boast such titles as "She's a Redhead" and "Truckstop Rock," are almost pointedly good-ole boy. Lyrics rarely get more complex than the oft-repeated chorus to "She's a Redhead": "She's a redhead/And she's pretty/Well she sho' looks good to me." This album bounces along with barely a change in tempo, from "Rock and Roll Rich" to "All Night Long." Thanks to the fact that most of the songs sound alike and are incredibly short ("One More Kiss," the longest, is nowhere near three minutes long, while "Rock and Roll Rich" clocks in at just under two minutes), this album is over before you realize it. Your head starts bobbing, your subconscious begins to dredge up images straight out of Ozzie and Harriet reruns, and next thing you know, the final track has come to its boogie-woogie close and you have to start the whole CD over again.

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