Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is the debut, self titled album from “Texas Tornados. “
The Texas Tornados were a band I knew by name only. I knew who a few of their members where and their history. But I never heard one note of their music.
Then about fifteen years ago, some friends of mine put together a little music trip to down town Chicago to see a couple shows. We were going to see Little Feat at Navy Pier one night, stay over at a nice hotel and see Texas Tornados the next night.
I’m so happy I went.
Little Feat was OK, but not as good as in the past. I never could warm up to the Shaun Murphy on lead vocals era. It never sounded ‘right’ to me.
But then the next day came the Tornados. I was blown away!!! These guys were fantastic. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
For those of you not familiar with them, the Texas Tornados are two bands/ sounds combined into one. On one side we have great late sixties/early seventies sounding Rock and Roll. This was provided by Ex-Sir Douglass Quintet members Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers. You may remember the Quintet from their hit, ‘She’s about a Mover.’
The other half of the band was made up of traditional Mexican Conjunto sound. This was provided by Flaco Jimenez and Freddie Fender.
The first album contained many of the songs I heard that night. ‘Who Were You Thinking Of?, Hey Baby (Que Paso), A Man Can Cry, Soy de San Luis, Adios Mexico,’ and ‘Dinero, (which includes the classic lyric..If you got the dinero, I got my Camaro!)’
Texas Tornados are still around. Unfortunately we lost Freddie and Doug over the years.
Try and find this release. I’m sure you’ll dig it.
Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is China Crisis. “What Price Paradise.”
“What Price Paradise” may have gotten more airplay in my car and living room than any album released in the mid to late eighties.
I just fell in love with this when it was released in 1986. I had a chance to see this tour at the Park West in Chicago in 1987. To this day it remains one of the best shows I ever saw. They dedicated an encore track to the great Chicago reggae bar ‘Kingston Mines’ and even segued into Bob Marley’s ‘Exodus!’
Slick sounding, great groove with excellent playing. Maybe think, Steely Dan with a little more edge. In fact, their previous album was produced by Dan’s Walter Becker.
Many great tracks included here. ‘Arizona Sky’ got the most airplay in Chicago. Other wonderful songs included ‘It’s Everything, The Understudy, June Bride, Safe as Houses’ and’ Worlds Apart.’ I could have easily have just listed anything on this disc. It’s that good.
China Crisis was Gary Daly, keys, vocals. Eddie Lundon, guitars, vocals. Brian McNeil, keys, vocals, Gary ‘Gazza’ Johnson, bass and of course the late Kevin Wilkinson on drums and percussion.
“What Price Paradise” was produced by the great team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. They of Aztec Camera, Hot House Flowers, Teardrop Explodes, Morrissey, They Might be Giants, Bush and Elvis Costello fame.