ARTIST: Ike Reilly
TITLE: Salesmen & Racists
YEAR RELEASED: 2001
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: This didn’t grab radio play, sadly.
LINEUP: Ike Reilly, Brad Elvis, Danny McGough, Mark Everett, Ed Tinley
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Singer-songwriter gives his songs about small-time losers, roughnecks, drunks, and down-and-outers a light touch with a humorous delivery and it doesn’t dilute the songs’ impact.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ike Reilly’s debut mined rich characters and cautionary tales about life’s marginal folks. The title comes from “Last Time” and the other songs (“Angels & Whores”, “Commie Drives A Nova”, “Duty Free’) also explore those who live on the edge, and even may have to leave the country because of some…issues.
Reilly’s melodies and voice isn’t sad or lachrymose, though. He sings in a mostly bright, cheery style and most all of the songs are jaunty and rocking, even when he’s talking about plane crashes, bad sex, or having to call an attorney because of an assassination.
The backing group, including “E” from the Eels (listed as Kool G Murder), treat his songs with rocking arrangements and gives Reilly enough room to give his characters of low lifes life.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Reilly worked for years at the Park Hyatt in Chicago and was even “Employee of the Year”.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: Definitely one to pick up if you take a shine to characters that aren’t right…