Brian Setzer •68 Comeback Special

Brian Setzer •68 Comeback Special

Ignition!

Surfdog

Those Brian Setzer fans who•ve been displeased with the former Stray Cat•s recent forays into swing with his eponymous Orchestra (especially the slick Vegas-isms of last year•s disappointing Vavoom!) will find his newest band, Brian Setzer •68 Comeback Special, aptly named , indeed. As the appelation•s obvious Elvis allusions would suggest, Setzer returns to his rockabilly roots with the Comeback Special•s debut album, Ignition! Boasting a rootsy sound that•s even more authentic than that of The Stray Cats, Ignition!•s cover copy boldly declares that the record contains •14 brand new hot rod songs and makeout tunes,• and a stripped-down three-piece (boasting Brian Setzer Orchestra drummer Bernie Dresel and slap-bassist Mark W. Winchester alongside Setzer•s inimitable vocals and guitar) delivers the goods. The sound is more traditional than that of modern psychobillists like The Reverend Horton Heat and The Amazing Crowns, but that•s not to imply that these tunes are missing any of those bands• energy or velocity — to the contrary, this record should appeal to both the rockabilly traditionalist and the fan of the more modern, punk-influenced bands. Highlights include the slap-bass-happy title track, the cool call-and-response of •Hot Rod Girl,• the wistful and nostalgic ••59,• the Tex-Mex-inflected •Santa Rosa Rita,• and the punky •Get •Em On the Ropes,• but my personal favorites are two of the record•s more country-tinged tunes, •8-Track• (with some simply amazing yodeling from Setzer) •Rooster Rock• (which puts me in the mind of Rev. Horton Heat tracks like •Bad Reputation• and •It•s Martini Time• with its emphasis on a slightly mellower mood and a jazzy guitar line). Really, though, there•s not a bad track on this record — a rare occurrence in this day and age! Ignition! is a fantastic return to form that proves that old greasers don•t die, they just keep getting better! Even though Setzer never really went away, I•m sure glad to see him make this Comeback!

Surfdog Records, 1126 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024; http://www.surfdog.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Shithouse
    Shithouse

    A darling love story with engaging characters and one of the worst titles ever.

  • Too Much and Never Enough
    Too Much and Never Enough

    One families indifference and abandonment gave America its greatest failure. Mary Trump explains how.

  • Summerland
    Summerland

    In rural England, a cranky woman bonds with and evacuee boy and uncovers a strange connection to her past.

  • Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations
    Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations

    These geniuses of early comedy finally get the presentation they are due in this Blu-ray edition.

  • Four-Letter Words
    Four-Letter Words

    No need to worry about offending delicate sensibilities with this playlist. We’re not talking about profanity, so just take the title at face value.

  • A Genesis In My Bed
    A Genesis In My Bed

    Former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett shares his life story in his story in an engaging and honest memoir. Reading his story feels like hanging out with a friend who’s interested in sharing how he felt living these experiences.

  • The Jayhawks
    The Jayhawks

    XOXO (Sham/Thirty Tigers). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • 18 to Party
    18 to Party

    When you’re in 8th grade, sneaking into a bar is way cooler than it is when you’re 40.

  • Adam
    Adam

    A pregnant woman finds a home in Casablanca.

  • 2020 on Fire
    2020 on Fire

    Sound Salvation takes on current events with a playlist addressing the current fight for racial and social justice in America and the battles playing out in the streets in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

From the Archives