Last of the International Playboys - Last of the International Playboys

Last of the International Playboys - Last of the International Playboys
Artist: Last of the International Playboys
Duration: 49:33
Release Date: October 20, 1998
Album: Last of the International Playboys
Styles: Lounge
Recording Location: Midnight Music, Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Jazz

When grunge eventually died its exploited and over-marketed related death, a wayward lot of flanneled waifs began searching for something new, something hip, and somewhere to get drunk. Many of them found solace in the revival of something old: a cocktail lounge music scene. When this parodic craze became too popular -- fodder for Newsweek and a marketing niche for Pottery Barn -- many of the shark-skinned suited and cocktail dress dressed folk started to imitate something older: swing dance culture.

Last of the International Playboys, with their jazzy Cuban charangas, Vegas cheese, accordion old-world ska, and secret agent-influenced sound, categorically belong somewhere among these fashionable and tongue-in-cheek explorations for identity. One song has overtones of reggae and is laced with ska, though its lyrics are in German.

Replete with a gentle accordion solo in a minor mode, this song, like the others, is played with an impressive professionalism. Unfortunately, the overall production of the CD suffers from the vocals being put way too out in front of the mix. A strong contribution to the loungey-cocktail, cigar-smoking, rum-boozing music scene, Last of the International Playboys's debut CD will most likely make you want to crack a smile, don your Guyaberra shirt, and head for some rum.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
I Want My Old Life Back / Andy Ezrin / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys4:30
Pussy Galore Meets James Bond / Monty NormanLast of the International Playboys4:38
Esa No Es Na / Gracaino GomezLast of the International Playboys3:23
No Reason for This Feeling / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys5:30
Pass the Cous Cous / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys4:38
Win Some, Lose Some / Andy Ezrin / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys3:26
Lovers and Losers / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys4:05
Two Big Whiskeys for Little AnnLast of the International Playboys3:54
Agape / Isidro RossLast of the International Playboys2:24
In Case of Emergency / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys4:12
Fly Me to the Moon / Bart HowardLast of the International Playboys1:58
Blue Moon at the Bell Cafe / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys4:08
Death in the Afternoon / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys3:55
Last Chance to Dance / Walter KuehrLast of the International Playboys2:20

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