The Dirty Boggie

The Dirty Boogie

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Interscope Records, Los Angeles. 1998

This CD is certainly worth buying. The more I play it, the more I like it. The voice certainly sounded familiar. It's not until you look at the inside cover and hear track #8, Rock This Town, that you realize this is the lead singer for the 1980's Stray Cats. Having seen them in a concert in Boston, it's definitely not your father's Stray Cats. This is Brian Setzer in an updated 1998 version, all grown up while still retaining the energy that made him so popular in the 80's. This is one band where I felt the band leader clearly deserved to have his group bear his name: Brian Setzer plays the familiar Stray Cats guitar and sings the vocals. If he's going to front this band that much, he deserves to have his name up front.

My favorite song for dancing is The Dirty Boogie, the title track. There is yet another version of Jump, Jive an' Wail, though I think Louis Prima's version is slightly better. Nosey Joe is a hoppin' swing tune while I would definitely play Hollywood Nocturne if I had to play a rumba/cha cha song. Since I Don't Have You is a good modern schmooze tune to slow down a dance. Other than the song, Switchblade, the whole CD is playable for listening and most, if not all, are appropriate for a dance. Run out and buy it!

This CD is available at Newbury Comics on Newbury Street in Boston.


TrackTitle Length BPM suggested danceBP
1This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof 2:18198LindyA-
2The Dirty Boogie 3:14188LindyA+
3This Old House 3:07207LindyA-
4Let's Live it Up 3:42178SwingA-
5Sleepwalk 3:49n/aschmoozeB-
6Jump, Jive an' Wail 2:54198LindyA
7You're the Boss 3:44123WCSB
8Rock This Town 6:37201Lindy HopB+
9Since I Don't Have You 4:10n/aschmoozeA-
10Switchblade 3:30n/an/aD
11Nosey Joe 2:55172swingA+
12Hollywood Nocturne 5:37n/aRumba/Cha ChaA
13As Long As I'm Singin' 4:04n/an/aB-

Updated July 28, 1998

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