ARTIST: The Bottle Rockets
TITLE: The Brooklyn Side
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Radar Gun (#27 Mainstream Rock), I’ll Be Comin’ Around
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Well, you really should but you don’t
LINEUP: Brian Henneman, Mark Ortmann, Tom Parr, Tom Ray
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second record from the half-country half-rock half-serious half-satiric group from Festus entertains with its stories of life from the bottom of the 99%.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Poignant songs about life on welfare, silly songs about Barney Fyffe’s with radar guns, and an ode to watching sports on Sunday. What more do you want? Really, not much, if you like your rock-country with a side of Missouri twang.
Any group that can write a great lost love song like “Gravity Fails” and also slay 90’s music hipsters in “Idiot’s Revenge” is OK by me, even though I was one of those 90’s hipsters. And my car is now worth about $1,000, so there’s that.
Live, they’re great, but on record, they’re great.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The title from the record, if you didn’t know, comes from a bowling term where you spin the ball to hit the pins on the opposite side where you normally would.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, demos and live cuts and it’s streaming with their first album.
GRADE: A-: Less filler, more killer rock-and-country-and-rock.