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Editors’ Notes

Released in 1987, Joe Walsh’s Got Any Gum? has been widely misunderstood, mostly because it bears little resemblance to his beloved '70s output. Many critics make the mistake of locating this album in the context of Walsh’s early career. Instead it should be located in the context of 1987, when the influential TV show Miami Vice had spawned its own genre of decadent, heart-pumping pop-rock music. Inexplicably, Walsh never appeared on Miami Vice, but “Fun,” “Malibu,” and “Time” would've been a perfect fit for the show’s neon shootouts and high-speed Ferrari chases. Which is to say: Got Any Gum? has its own charm, as long the listener accepts it as the charm of the high '80s in all its synth-driven glory. As usual for Walsh, there are a few genuinely experimental nuggets hidden away here, including the atmospheric “No Peace in the Jungle,” which is reminiscent of Leonard Cohen’s work from the same period. For those solely seeking a pop hit, there's the jangly and bouncy “In My Car,” which was cowritten by Ringo Starr and is every bit as catchy as anything The Traveling Wilburys ever put out.

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Misunderstood album

Reading the main review for this, I feel the reviewer forgot who Joe Walsh is, or at least was, at the time he made "Got Any Gum?"...a goofball with a guitar and a load of talent. And that is what to expect from this album, goofy talent. If you are looking for deep meaning and something to enlighten you...keep looking. If you are looking for something light, funny, silly, goofy, melodic, breezy, etc., then this could be the album for you. Also, it should be noted, that while most albums from 1987 were heavy on synth, this is not. It has the warm feel of four guys in a garage, with their old beat up amps, on a Saturday afternoon, choosing to belt out a few tunes and drink a few beers instead of mowing the lawn. (Note: the release date shown is 2005. That is the re-release date. The album was orginally released in 1987.)

Great Guitar/Rock Collection

Joe Walsh is one of the most underrated (and he's not rated that low, in any case) solo artists out there. Joe probably yawns at "ratings" anyway. Obviously, the Eagles saw what he has. For those who like guitar rock, he's got "the sound". His band is tight, keyboards and bass so-o fine. This collection has several good songs, including "In My Car", "Malibu", and "No Peace in the Jungle." Music with rock-and-roll soul. A++++

This album is "fun"

The title of one of my favorite songs in this album says it all, it's "fun". Joe Walsh was (and still is now) an amazing guitarist and was one of the goofiest (I have the Eagles Farewell Tour on dvd, the only concert i've laughed while watching thanks to Joe). Overall the tunes on this album are fine, they're not hits, but they are all on the same level. Its just a fun a cool album to listen to.


Born: November 20, 1947 in Wichita, KS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles -- as well as a successful solo career -- Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the...
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