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Commander Cody (a.k.a. George Frayne) has been playing some of these songs since the late '60s, yet he never loses the spark. He doesn't phone it in or go home early. He still loves the music as he did when he started. Like many older musicians, he's given up any pretense whatsoever of ever having a "pop" hit. "Hot Rod Lincoln" was a lifetime ago, and here it's being played for an enthusiastic crowd in his adopted hometown of Bayshore on New York's Long Island. Drummer Steve Barbuto, bassist Randy Bramwell, and guitarist Mark Emerick are joined by Professor Louie and Miss Marie of The Crowmatix, while Bill Kirchen (a member of Cody's original Lost Planet Airman) joins them for "Too Much Fun." Anyone with an interest in no-nonsense blues-based rock 'n' roll (with lots of boogie-woogie and other long-running if less respected genres) should find the right balance of energy and musicianship on "Lone Ranger," "House of Blue Lights," and "Lost in the Ozone Again."

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Live From the Island

I have been a fan of George since the early days of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen. This effort continuues the long history of this country rock, Bob Wills type genre. I met Bill Kirchen about 18 years ago and he is still touring around the world as BK andToo Much Fun. I saw bill and the Commander do a show together @ the Birchmere a few years ago. I just really enjoy this old time music and George is a big part of it. Anyone who likes this crazy, happy music should buy it.

Biography

Born: July 19, 1944 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

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

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen were equally adept at stripped-down basic rock & roll, R&B, and gritty country-rock. Commander Cody's country-rock rocked harder than the Eagles or Poco -- essentially, the group was a bar band. Much like English pub rock bands like Brinsley Schwarz and Ducks Deluxe, Commander Cody resisted the overblown and bombastic trends of early-'70s rock, preferring a basic no-frills approach. Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen never had the impact of the British...
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