I don't want to get in the habit of promoting musicians who haven't yet paid their dues. But once in awhile I like to stick my neck out and let the new kids get a shot at the column. Have you heard this Elvis Costello fellow? A little gimmicky, but I think he might be with us for a while!
Bun E. Carlos came to my attention when I was working on that amazing, insightful, life-changing list of Supergroups earlier this week. Turns out there's a lot (something) to know about Bun E. Carlos. Let's discover him together!
10) He Played On That Song "Surrender": You know the song, "Your mommy's alright, your daddy's alright, they just seem a little bit weird." It was in movies like Up the Academy, Over the Edge, Fast Times In Ridgemont High, Detroit Rock City and Daddy Day Care. That's how you know it's good.
Cheap Trick: That "Surrender" song was originally played by Cheap Trick, a popular Midwestern hard rock band from the 1970s. Very popular with the kids.
8) He Wore The Correct Clothes On Stage: Unlike so many disrespectful musicians, Mr. Carlos dresses properly on stage. I do wish he'd button up but we'll let it go. His lead singer looked a little bit like a gigolo, if you ask me.
Dream Police" Song: You might remember this song from the movie Hard Rock Treasures or the Simpsons episode Two Bad Neighbors where Apu sings the chorus. Or maybe you heard it at Rite Aid pharmacy, since it was featured on the Rite Aid Radio Network. I'm telling you, these guys have a future!
6) He Is Left-Handed: Like myself and other great people, Bun E. Carlos is left-handed. He is known to play the drums left-handed and, for appeasement purposes, right-handed. He sounds better lefty, but maybe that's my bias showing.
4) He Is Also In Band Called Tinted Windows: In 2009, he released his first album with Tinted Windows, a group featuring Taylor Hanson of Hanson, James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. He is the oldest member of the band and, therefore, can tell these high schoolers what to do.
I Want You To Want Me" Song: Cheap Trick were always big in Japan. It's part of our cultural exchange. They send us cars. We send them rock bands.
2) He Also Played in the Bun E. Carlos Experience: This fine group featuring former Luxury guitarist Phil Miller played songs from the catalog of Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Lou Rawls and Cheap Trick. They are no longer together. I would have loved to hear them sing "We're In This Love Together." Oh, wait, that was Al Jarreau.
- Cheap Trick