BETTER CALL UP THE PLUMBER
Thanks for being here. It beats going around from city to city with a staple-gun hanging posters all over the place. And it's better for the planet too.
We've got tour dates all over creation with the Mighty Mission Express starting today at the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, CA. I'll get to those in a hot minute.
But first, in other news...
Over the past months I produced a new RUBINOOS [rhymes with two canoes] LP "FROM HOME" for Yep Roc Records. I probably saw the Rubinoos like 20 times in high school. Although I'm not a power pop bubblegum nerd or whatever, I loved how they were true to their school. Be it Spaghetti Western soundtrack music or the Archies, The Beach Boys, The DeFranco Family, or the Jackson 5, they knew what they loved. And wore it on their sleeves. Rubinoos AF.
After those first couple LP's, The Rubinoos took the hero's journey and it wasn't all glorious. Sure they opened 56 shows for Elvis Costello during the Armed Forces tour. Appeared on American Bandstand. Made the pages of Tiger Beat. But before too long Tommy and Jon moved to LA, and Donno and Al took other gigs.
Jon went on to appear as the Doo Wop singing/pizza delivery boy on a number of Sitcoms. Tommy eventually got a Tux and the Real Fake Book and played his share of society gigs. Tommy and Jon did ghost vocal sessions with Kim Fowley for drag queen records. [Or "Fowl Kimley" as Jon calls him.] There were new records with session drummers. Along the way they sang the demo for the Revenge of the Nerds theme song and it was so good ended up in the movie which just further confused people.
But now they're back. Getting all the original guys back together to make this new record was a big deal to me.
And you can read about this new record and hear the premiere and watch the video for their new single "Do You Remember" over at Billboard Magazine. Bring Pop back to the common man!
Or jump straight to this video starring Salvadoran dancing sensation Aranivah.
BETTER CALL UP THE PLUMBER!
Be with us on June 29th at The City Winery NYC to celebrate beloved New York icon Garland Jeffrey, who is doing his last shows. The sexiest man in Scandinavia! The poet laureate of Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn! is retiring from the stage. Stephie and I will be guesting on a song or two. Also on the bill, David Johansen and more. Some tickets still left for the early show. What can I tell you about our old friend Garland? (People get a kick out of hearing he was Lou Reed's college roommate. Who swept the floor? With who?)
THEY GAVE DUDE A BEEPER
Oh, and another thing. File under: "They gave the Dude a beeper". Yessir, they gave me a radio show on the Gimme Country Network. I'm spinning lots of 50's, 60's country. Nashville cats, Wrecking Crew side streets, yodeling cowboys, honky-tonkers, swampers, truckers, rockabilly cats and more. You name it. All that stuff, that funk, that sweet, that funky stuff [Say what].
MORE HERE: https://www.gimmecountry.com/#/radio
GIGSVILLE: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express:
6/7/2019 Sonoma CA Huichica Music Festival
7/12/2019 St. Louis MO Off Broadway
7/13/2019 Kansas City MO Knuckleheads Saloon
7/14/2019 Omaha NE The Sunday Roadhouse Presents
7/16/2019 Fort Wayne IN Welch's Ale House
7/18/2019 Ferndale MI The Magic Bag
7/19/2019 Chicago IL City Winery-Chicago