Category: The Vulgar Boatmen

The Vulgar Boatmen – Please Panic

ARTIST: The Vulgar Boatmen    pleasepanic

TITLE:  Please Panic

YEAR RELEASED: 1992

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: 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.

 

The Vulgar Boatmen – You and Your Sister

ARTIST: The Vulgar Boatmen MI0000050092
TITLE: You and Your Sister
YEAR RELEASED: 1989
CHART ACTION: No
SINGLES: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah
LINEUP: Dale Lawrence, Robert Ray, Dave Glennon, Tom Holtz, Jonathan Isley, Helen Kirklin, Dave Langfitt, Larry Newcomb, Bob Rupe
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Band with bases in Florida and Indiana get together to record their songs and create a cult following with their rootsy nuggets.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It was the Postal Service before that became a thing. Lawrence and Ray were members of the Vulgar Boatmen that released two cassettes in the early 80’s at the University of Florida. Lawrence moved to Indiana but the partnership remained and they wrote songs by exchanging cassettes in the mail.

Both Ray and Lawrence led versions of the band in each state, with Ray leading the branch that did most of their recording.

This 12-song set is full of songs about nerdy girls, car rides, college-age kids trying to change the world, and all three at once sometimes. It’s mellow at times – almost too mellow. But when the songs work they really become quite memorable, especially for a guy who liked nerdy girls and car rides.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: An early member of the band was Walter Salas-Humara, who formed the great band the Silos.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. It is on Spotify only at this time, not Google Play.

GRADE: B+: It’s very much hyped. To my ears not as great as they hype but still pretty good.