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Single – I Got a Rocket In My Pocket : NRBQ

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You never heard of NRBQ? Don’t worry about it not to many people have.  The only thing is, they are probably one of the best bands in the history of rock n roll (In CB’s world anyway).  Is CB over stating? No!

Have a listen to the live cut below and see what you think.  It’s a killer, with Terry Adams doing a cross between the Killer and Monk on the keys.  Big Al Anderson laying down some nasty licks on the guitar (I didn’t want him to stop), Joey Spampinato vocals and bass and Tom Ardilino providing the drums.  That’s pretty much all you need to know.  Press play and go for a “Rocket “ride.

We all have regrets in our lives.  Babyhead got drunk and missed this band and he has been forever kicking himself in the ass.  Oh yeah, any band that records a record with a professional wrestler is all right in my books.  Have a listen to a rockin tune by one great band

Check this NRBQ story out https://urbanfishingpolecigars.com/2017/05/24/its-n-r-b-q-baby/

(This is a cover of the Jimmy Lloyd original which isn’t to shabby either)

(NRBQ add their talents to the ‘Stay Awake’ album featured for Vinyl Connections “Various Artists festival”. Check it out)

 

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29 comments on “Single – I Got a Rocket In My Pocket : NRBQ

  1. Jim S.
    December 3, 2017

    CB will hate me but I not only heard of these guys I saw them. They opened for George Thorogood and the Destroyers in what I can only deem a quite memorable show. Yeah, they were terrific. But I confess I was more of a Thorogood guy. Thanks for the memory.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 3, 2017

      I had a feeling you’d have heard NRBQ. Same zip code. Seen them also, even as a support. Very cool. Yeah I seen George. Small venue and he was smoking!

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      • Jim S.
        December 3, 2017

        Oh, I thought you said you hadn’t seen them.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 3, 2017

        I was just referring that not only did you know of them but you had seen them also. CB speak. I think seeing them as the main act in a small club would have been awesome. I have a few Big Al solo records. I like his style. You know Joey Spampinato was in the band Keith Richards put together for Chuck Berry on “Hail Hail’.

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      • Jim S.
        December 3, 2017

        That’s pretty cool. I know that Al Anderson decided to ride the country train.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 3, 2017

        You know your stuff Doc. I think Al has a little of that country hillbilly sound in his veins. Sort of the Levon Helm School.

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  2. Thom Hickey
    December 3, 2017

    Quite right! Of course they also hooked up with Jukebox favourite Skeeter Davis,

    Thom.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    December 3, 2017

    Hi CB.
    Joey Spampinato moved to Cape Cod some years ago. So did his brother Johnny, who replaced Big Al in NRBQ.
    Both Joey and Johnny left NRBQ years ago.
    Anyway, they formed the Spampinato Brothers Band. My wife and I have seen them a few times on Cape Cod, because we take vacations there. Great band.
    Sadly, Joey has had very bad health issues. He wasn’t playing with the band the last two times I saw the band.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 3, 2017

      Great stuff Neil. I’ll check around for some of the “Brothers” recordings if they have any. I know about your vacations but to be able to catch music like that. You’re making me very envious. I know Tommy passed away. Hey part of the deal. I had a feeling that a hip East coast guy would be on top of NRBQ.

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  4. greenpete58
    December 4, 2017

    Cecil Taylor meets Jerry Lee Lewis! I have the “Yankee Stadium” album, which is pretty good, although I confess this band has always been under the radar for me. Another one is Flamin’ Groovies, which are similar to NRBQ, I think.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 4, 2017

      Cecil Taylor is right. NRBQ albums are a little uneven. All over the place (which I like). I know the ‘Groovies’ work but under the radar for me also. I think a lot of it leaned towards Beatles type pop. Who knows CB could just be out to lunch. I’ll have to pop over and see what you’re up to.

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      • Jim S.
        December 4, 2017

        I have a Flamin’ Groovies album (Teenage Head) somewhere on vinyl. I was gonna give it a spin, maybe feature it one day. Don’t know if it’s as hot as I remember it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 5, 2017

        Doc you would know if they had the Beatles sound.

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      • Jim S.
        December 5, 2017

        I think the Groovies were closer to a Stones sound. Rawer

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 5, 2017

        Yeah I think your right. I just listened to them lately. Fox did a piece on them.

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  5. Urban Fishing Pole Cigars
    December 5, 2017

    I wrote a blog entry awhile back about the boys of NRBQ. Having an indirect relationship with them , NRBQ has always been on my radar. Check out the story I wrote.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 5, 2017

      Very cool. Whats the date on the take?
      Sometimes I’m a little challenged on finding things at the different stations.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 5, 2017

      Found it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 5, 2017

      That is a very cool story. I hope some of the folks who drop by here go over and check it out. Would you mind if I try to link it so anyone interested can have a read?

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  6. Urban Fishing Pole Cigars
    December 8, 2017

    Please do, the Q are one of my favorite bands.

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  7. Jim S.
    December 21, 2017

    I heard an NRBQ song on the radio today for the first time in years. It wasn’t, however, a really strong song. It’s called “It’s a Wild Weekend” and it’s not what I would play for a newcomer.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 21, 2017

      Amazing you would even hear A NRBQ tune. Sort of like hearing ‘Centerfold’ by Geils. I see you’re doing the Allman thing. Over to mouth off later. Listening to ‘B.L.U.E Nights’, Bill Bruford, Tony Levin, David Torn, Chris Botti. Diggin it!

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      • Jim S.
        December 21, 2017

        Botti, huh? I always pegged him for a mainstream guy. Watch out. The Allmans thing might just blow CB’s mind.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 21, 2017

        Never heard of him. This music is far from mainstream. CB is always up to having his mind blown.

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      • Jim S.
        December 21, 2017

        Yeah. Botti’s pretty well-known, probably more so to the general public than those other guys. Sounds like he started out jazzier and pulled back to the mainstream. I’ll definitely give that album a spin.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 21, 2017

        That’s funny because one of the cuts had ‘Miles’ all over it.

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      • Jim S.
        December 21, 2017

        Yeah, Miles was his inspiration. Botti’s one of those rare birds that can do straight-up jazz and ‘smooth’ jazz and be respected on both sides. Check out his Wikipedia sometime when you’re bored. BTW, listening to the album now. Digging it. Thanks for the tip.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 21, 2017

        Who needs Wikipedia when I have DOCipedia.

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