CHUCK E. WEISS 23rd & Stout (2007)

23rd & Stout (2007)
Tom Waits’ Ex-Roomie

Famous as the subject of Rickie Lee Jones’ “Chuck E’s In Love,” Chuck E. Weiss is lesser known as the one time drummer for Lightin’ Hopkins – touring and performing with the likes of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Since then, Weiss’ music has seemed to mirror the career trajectory of Tom Waits, though, not seriously enough to warrant complaint. Besides, they’re pals with similar interests and roots. Raw production, junkyard aesthetics, stripper saxes, bastardized scat singing, nursery rhyme syntax and characters/caricatures straight out of some Bourbon Street alleyway are the common earmarks. AMG states that 23rd & Stout – Weiss’ 4th solo album since 1981 – sounds like The Baja Marimba Band to Tom Waits’ Tijuana Brass. That’s an obscure distinction you can draw your own analysis from, but, once you canvass his output, Chuck E. has his own style and his own peculiar eccentricities. Sometimes a little too comedically inclined, there’s no dismissing the Stones cold groove of “Fake Dance (Slim Harpo Tribute)” or the beatnik aura of the title track. Weiss’ vocals aren’t for all tastes, but that’s never necessarily a bad thing. Get it at Amazon, HERE.

Prince Minsky’s Lament (2:49)
Sho Is Cold (A Tribute To Sterling Holloway) (4:24)
Novade Nada (2:05)
Half Off At The Rebop Shop (1:22)
Another Drunken Sailor Song (The Lil’ Ligeemo Song) (3:19)
Room With A View (2:41)
Fake Dance (Slim Harpo Tribute) (4:25)
Primrose Lane (3:54)
23rd And Stout (An Incident With Marshall Bell) (5:29)
Man Tan (1:19)
The Phone Conversation (4:12)
Piccolo Pete (3:22)
Goodbye, So Long (2:57)


  • Capt. Willard
    April 1, 2010 - 14:02 | Permalink

    CHUCK E.

  • drfeelgoed
    April 2, 2010 - 01:47 | Permalink

    Love this album, thanks.

  • DeepKarma
    April 2, 2010 - 15:18 | Permalink

    Tis album kicks ASS. Thanks for sharing. BTW…have you seen the video for Goodbye, So Long? It is a classic!

  • Capt. Willard
    April 2, 2010 - 15:44 | Permalink

    HA! Hadn't seen that. Funny. Wonder how many millions they spent on it. Thanks.

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