Review: Big Rude Jake – Big Rude Jake

The self-titled Big Rude Jake album was designed to push the limits of the neo-swing movement of the late 90’s. Big Rude Jake was really pushing the envelope with this solo album of his. The album was orchestrated, designed, and packaged in a way that no one could imagine at the time. Big Rude Jake’s will make you love Canadian music. You’ll be struck by his poise and charm. One can see why this album was a commercial success.

Big Rude Jake – Big Rude Jake was Big Rude Jake’s third album that was one of the most commercially successful Big Rude Jake albums in his discography and catalog due to being released on Roadrunner Records. His self-titled album was his first commercial release outside of Canada. This was his most successful album Europe and in the United States. Many Europeans fell in love with this jazz album.

Gotham City Serenade is the Batman inspired neo-swing song. Mike the Spike expresses and wishes his lady could be there with him on this night in New York City on Gotham City Serenade.

When Mike the Spike came into sight after shagging a rose down in Brooklyn Heights. He’s says the Big Town is gonna wail tonight. He expresses and wishes his lady could be standing there with him on this night in New York City as Broadway opens up her arms. When the crimson skyline bruises black and lights up like a favourite song with saccharine melodies and melodic grooves.

Some sevens flights into the sky in the project homes in Bedford Stuy. A sweet young thing talks to her guy with one leg on the windowsill. She says they might give you accolades. And they might play at lawn croquet in beatnik shades of pigeon gray. But they won’t love her like Mike the Spike will. What Mike the Spike will give is true genuine love with no infidelity.

The Geronimo Kid was the new St. George with a Gibson guitar for a rapier sword. He drove a Cutlass Supreme to the Rockaway shore. Slew a hep-cat dragon jammin’ on the beach. The pork-pied-piper blew that song. The Jericho walls came a-tumblin’ down. And the rats assembled in the middle of the town. They danced into the shadows and right out of reach.

Queer for Cat explained the story of Jake seeing the girl of his dreams. And boy, was she one fine dame.

Jake stayed out late last Saturday night. He finally made it home about 3 AM. When Jake walked through the door, he instantly saw the girl of his dreams with her hair done fine in an updo, a scoop neck line, and a red dress bustin’ at the seams with the music slow, and the lights down low. This is where things start to get romantic, sensual, and steamy. At this point, Jake realizes that he saw his girl with the girl of his dreams!

His gal is queer for cat! She’s queer for cat and that’s a fact! She likes ‘em tall and slim and stacked. Jake’s girl likes her men tall, slim, and stacked. She’s down on the mound and sweet on the slack! She can please the pink in five minutes flat. And you’ll be the happiest man alive!

Jake discussed his plans to get himself some monkey tail stew on his song called Mercy for the Monkey Man.

Jake is going down to Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana where the Mississippi River surrenders to the Bayou. He’s gonna set a trap and bag a monkey man. Jake is going to get himself some monkey tail stew.

First he will get a cedar box from that old general store. Then he will cut a hole in it the size of a peach. He will certainly fill that cedar box with licorice and sugar cane. The cedar box will be tied to a tree. That’s all it takes. Lord have mercy on the Money Man for the Monkey Man is such a fool. Monkey love his candy and monkey love his cane.

The monkey ascends up to that sweet cedar box. The monkey can squeeze a hand into that tight little hole but can’t pull the sweet candy out. So the monkey sits all day and all night with their hand on the candy in the a hole without eating or sleeping. But the Monkey just can’t let go.

Buster Boy (Walk Tall) is one of the more rough edge songs from Big Rude Jake with fierce and feisty lyrics filled with roughneck action. Jake came out swinging like a hepcat on the stage and there certainly was no other person that could their fists like him.

Song for Lilly Christine was a love song Jake had written for a lady named Lilly Christine. There’s a woman in the desert lying in the sun and the heat flicks across her butterscotch thighs. So many years have transitioned between their love. Jake believes he should imbibe them gin-dappled eyes. He might fall over drunk but not satisfied. His life for her love would not be in vain. The world may have lost Lilly Christine the languor in time but Jake will forever remember her name. She steams like a stovepipe and smokes like a hot-knife, She moves like a tiger out on the Bengal.

Blue Pariah (#1) is the original version of a song that appears on the Big Rude Jake album “Blue Pariah which is Blue Pariah (#3). Jake was always disappointed that the band never recorded it quite the way he wanted in the style of a Quincy Jones soundtrack or theme song. So he took the opportunity to re-record this number. The record company didn’t want to pay for the extra recording time. So the band just winged it one day and taped it live off the floor. The band did a great job, but it still isn’t quite what Jake was looking for. In a classic case of music industry irony, the record company decided they liked the track and insisted that they put it on the CD even after they discouraged them from recording it in the first place! So here is the so-called “original version,” thus referred to as #1. The lyrics are slightly altered.

Speak Easy uses a cadence in the rhythm as the production gives into a melody. The song can be easily viewed as a tribute to 1920s jazz with that speakeasy sound and vibe.

The song Dinner with the Devil uses some dark imagery with a wicked twist of dark humour. He uses such elegance and graceful flair with prowess without getting too dirty or explicit.

East Side Jive told the story of how Jake got into a brawl with a lady at a swank Delancey bar while living large. However he had an unsound mind due to his reckless behavior.

Jake was leaning up and looking large in a swank Delancey bar. He was aqua vitae. He was three fingers tall in a malt whiskey jigger knowin’ just how far that that jive was gonna get him His friends say, “What you got to go shoutin’ about? Unsound and senseless, unruly and reckless. And callin’ some heavy cat out!”

But he was gassed up and geared up. Greased up and run-way ready. Two pair better than that cat’s high-card bluff. That was until he ran two yards short in the city. This lady drove a mean Mercedes. She pushed her white walls up against the curb. Jake said, “That ain’t no way to go and treat that good rich rubber.” She said, “You better cart your carriage out of here.”

This lady got a kid leather gorilla man. And from what Jake understands, he’s first in line every time and every where that he goes with a wide stride cock-walk like he owns the whole sidewalk. A brass cheek and a face that nobody knows.

Consequently, she had nerve in her curves. But that ain’t the worst. She could sex you but she sure weren’t pretty. She was tore up from the floor up with a fish-eye grin. The subliminal criminal was the four transit terminal. She robs you blind when you’re just standing there talking with no scratch until Tuesday and no line of credit. You’ll be lucky if you leave and you’re still walking.

Jake came up with an outstanding plan. He had green on the hip and cash in the kitty. He was two Lincolns long at the Chase Manhattan.

Let’s Kill All the Rock Stars is a humorous Swing-Punk song which revolves around killing rock stars. Jake displayed his hatred towards rock musicians and rock stars in a humourous manner.

Andy’s Requiem is a dark song on the album which served as a requiem for a good little man named Andy. This certainly is one of the sadder songs on the album. The lyrics are clever and whimsical. Thinking it was not in vain.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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