ARTIST: The Vulgar Boatmen
TITLE: Please Panic
YEAR RELEASED: 1992
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Didn’t get much airplay – out of step with the times, really.
LINEUP: Robert Ray, Dale Lawrence, JD Foster, Jonathan Isley, Helen Kirklin, Carey Crane
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Indiana and Florida band’s (two outfits) second album is a great roots rock and roll record that was lost in the grunge era.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Just a collection of great, tuneful, rock songs. Unfortunately, the times they weren’t kind to this kind of record, and no one noticed this album except the current fans of the Vulgar Boatmen.
Songs like “Don’t Mention It”, “We Can Figure This Out”, and “You Don’t Love Me Yet” rely on standard rootsy, almost jangly rock sounds with great melodies and tasteful playing. When they slow down, they don’t lose the audience either.
They had a touring band in Indiana, a recording band in Florida, and devoted fans throughout the Midwest and South. The country as a whole didn’t notice, and they missed.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is only on Spotify, so go stream it there.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: A solid album lost to the grungy times.