Bob Wayne: Till the Wheels Fall Off

I enjoy the sharper edges of life; from the stark sculpture art of David Smith to the persona that is Bob Wayne. This cd is not perfect and neither is he. There a few well done acts out there and I like what he has crafted. He gets such inspiration from the life his mother has led and the stories she must have. What he learned from Hank III is play and work at working with the best.

I’m glad I watched the promo video for “Till the Wheels Fall Off” where Bob explains where the title song comes from. Every time I hear the song, I’ll have the context to it which just adds another layer of coolness.

My criticism comes with “There Ain’t No Diesel Trucks in Heaven”. Nothing compares to the version on the comp. Why did he re-do it? It sounds to me like an over-edit. But, the musicianship is so good, I try not grumble at its unfamiliarity. Same with “Devil’s Son”. The high-pitched parts are clowny and the story is so good.

Obviously, I’m head-over-heels for “Get There When I Get There”. I met this song first out of the womb at Muddy Roots. He and Brook from The Calamity Cubes were working on it outside his motor home as I walked by. It was like passing by Matisse with paintbrush in hand. Bob is such an open and welcoming guy that I sat a spell and we bs’d a bit about the Roman Catholic ceremony of foot washing.

He dropped three singles (the first one “All My Friends” with Hank 3) in the past few weeks and they hit like bombs. I practically had this on repeat. I sent him a quick note to say the new stuff is fun, and he replied with “Wow that’s great…I’m on a cruise ship somewhere in Finland playing a punk fest!!” THIS is why I heart Bob Wayne. I live vicariously through him.

It’s probably a good idea not to blast “Fuck the Law” if you have neighbors within earshot. Doesn’t mean I don’t love it on the headphones.

“Lyza” is my new heroine. This video would look cool if it was shot by Quentin Tarantino a la Death Proof.

I agree with Trig about “Wives of Three” It will take you on a journey. Just because it’s outside of what’s acceptable, doesn’t make it bad art. It’s why I think “Lolita” and “American Psycho” are great novels.

Then he sings “Lost Vegas”. I’m in; cheesy gambling references and all.

“All Those One Night Stands” isn’t for everyone, but there’s a part of me that agrees with the refusal to add conditions and levels to every damn friendship.

“Hunger in my Soul” flattens me.

“A Pistol and a 100 Dollar Bill” – need I say more?

“Spread My Ashes on the Highway” I could do without this one. Can’t win ‘em all.

Overall, I love it. Warts and all.

Here’s a YouTube I made of some photos from Muddy Roots to “Get There When I Get There”.
I *ahem* lifted most of these photos from the internets and if you see yours and you’d like credit, I’m more than happy to give you a shout out, or if you want it removed, I can do that too as it’s not mine to begin with.

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