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Rockey, Palmer – “Rockey’s Style Movie Album” – [Trunk Records]

Peculiar MOR sounds from beneath the overpasses of the 1970′s. Suffice
it to say this has an outsider flair that belies the crack studio
musicians knocking out easy listening rock on most of the tracks. Here is
an online link to the liner notes for those interested

http://www.trunkrecords.com/turntable/rockey.shtml

Pretty amazing, Palmer casting himself as the lead roles (twin
brothers!) and the film being called (at one time) “It Happened One
Weekend” and being initially shown *just* one weekend. Anyways
reading those liner notes is a must, but even without them listening
to “Sunday Love” with acapella reworking of “Blue Christmas” and
then a spoken word section from a broken man, that sounds almost
like a political commercial combined with a love letter. “Lonesome
Tonight” is a more straight ahead cover. Much of the album feels
like a Rodd Keith poem song (even the instrumentals). Meanwhile
“That’s Real Cool, Baby” and “Rockey’s Rock” are odd simple
testaments to “Boogie” that have a faint Little Richard / Bill
Haley homage/obsession. The three Scarlet tracks get an A from
me, especially the “Scarlet Warning 666″ where things get the
most Lynchian! The seeming straight-forward music reflects
weirdly in the odd, sad story bent behind it. Possible in the
Key of Z material… Start a rumor, Rockey was Laura
Palmer’s Dad! No junk in the other Trunk releases either,
check ‘em out.

-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 31, 2014 at 12:54 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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