The Rainmakers – Tornado

ARTIST: The Rainmakers       R-1368277-1213474079.jpeg

TITLE: Tornado

YEAR RELEASED: 1987

CHART ACTION: #116

SINGLES: Small Circles, Snakedance (#31 Modern Rock), No Romance

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Wages of Sin

LINEUP: Bob Walkenhorst, Steve Phillips, Rich Ruth, Pat Tomek

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Follow up to their snarky debut has more bile than snark and really doesn’t connect with audiences.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Musically, the second album by the Rainmakers is more diverse, and has better and more varied arrangements than their debut record. Yet, the songs on this go around seem bitter, a bit detached, and less humorous for the most part.

Bob Walkenhorst also tries to be a bit more serious at times, and there he’s more heavy handed than poignant, and that takes away from the musical improvement.

Still, “Wages of Sin” and “Rainmaker” are pretty good 80’s alternative / college rock, and some of the other cuts only falter because they do sound dated a bit. Yet, it’s still kind of a disappointment after the way the college crowd jumped on their first one.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Stephen King (the author, not the asshat congressman) was a fan and quoted their lyrics in a couple of his books.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, leftover cuts and B-sides 

GRADE: B-: Enough decent stuff to make it passable, but it’s still rather much a lyrical disappointment.

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