Saturday, July 21, 2007

Lou Caddy and the Panics [1971] Almost Live

This guy was working the same turf as the Muzzy Band in NJ circa '71, in fact it was recorded at the Playpen Lounge also, and the mix here is similar (except no track is as nuts as the Muzzy 'I Got The Music In Me'...but what is?). Opens with a fab version of "T.S.O.P." that alternates sleazy trumpet and soaring fuzz guitar leads, he also does a twisted version of "Moondance" Van Morrison song, and others with a couple of sections where he tells jokes in the same bag as Muzzy, raunchy bonehead humour. Classic for lounge band act caught live, loads of seedy Jersey atmosphere. Cool wrap-around blue paste-on cover slick with nuts drawing of him and titled "Almost Live". Mix up a few drinks and party with this guy in a veritable time-machine. LP is private press on Jac-Lyn Records # 916PCC. A lounge fave dude with me... this is a top shelf item for lounge band collectors as the crazy guy Lou Caddy mixes sleazy humour in with the songs, opens with a fab track mixing fuzz guitar and trumpet and basically puts you right in the room with lowlife types all groovin' on their act. [PM]

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw Lou Caddy and the Panics in Seaside Heights, N.J. in the mid 1980's. Till this day....he's the funniest guy I've ever seen. I never laughed so hard in all my life. And a great musician! He is missed!

Anonymous said...

very useful read. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did any one know that some chinese hacker had hacked twitter yesterday again.

Anonymous said...

I rented a house on the shore in 1973 and had one of the greatest times with those guys. They played at a Seaside Heights bar called "chatterbox" that summer, we were friends of the bartender so we hung around after closing and one morning we all decide to go crabbing at Barnegat Bay, if you thought Lou Caddy was funny on land, he was side-splitting killing funny on water. A great memory that night and I hope whomever was there might read this.

acapella53 said...

HI EVERYBODY,FIRST LET'S GET THE DATE ON THE 'ALMOST LIVE 'RECORDING STRIGHT IT WAS 1981 NOT 1971.I WAS PLAYING DRUMS FOR LOUIOE FROM 1969 TO 1979 AND WE DID NOT DO ANY RECORDING OF AN ALBUM.THE ONLY RECORD WE RECORDED WAS "HIGH HIGH" and "it's my ego".we did that in miami fla. in 1981.
i'm still in the music business,singing and playing drums.check it out www. oldiesbyreminisce.com.(billy ferro)

Anonymous said...

43 YEARS AGO, WE WERE THE FRONT TABLE RESERVED AT THE "LONG POND INN" GREENWOOD LAKE NEW YORK. I WAS THE GORGEOUS BLOND THAT WAS FLATTERED EVERYTIME MY HUBBY AND I WALKED IN. REMEMBER?? MARION BERLIN....MBB0319@AOL.COM

Sue said...

Either '72 or '73 Lou was booked at the Chatterbox for the summer alternating sets with a rock cover band called Life. I was there every weekend and didn't know which band I liked better. All I do know is, it was probably the best summer of my life - to date I haven't laughed as hard or often. RIP Lou.

Sue said...

Either '72 or '73 Lou was booked at the Chatterbox for the summer alternating sets with a rock cover band called Life. I was there every weekend and didn't know which band I liked better. All I do know is, it was probably the best summer of my life - to date I haven't laughed as hard or often. RIP Lou.

Anonymous said...

I saw lou caddy at a bar I worked at in Chicago in 1965 the funniest guy I have ever seen.