10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just as The E Street Band started as a Jersey Shore group from Asbury Park, Iron City Houserockers cut their teeth in blue-collar Pittsburgh bars, nursing along the songwriting ambitions of singer Joe Grushecky, who sang like Graham Parker and wrote like the Boss. Though they never caught on commercially or grew out of the shadow of their contemporary heroes, Iron City Houserockers did catch the proverbial lightning in a bottle several times in their career. This 1979 debut album isn’t quite as definitive as Have a Good Time but Get Out Alive!, but it does feature several key tracks, including “I Can’t Take It,” “Dance with Me,” “Heroes Are Hard to Find,” and Fred Goodman’s “Hideaway”—where the band’s obvious charisma can be heard in Gary Scalese’s guitar, Gil Snyder’s keyboards, and Marc Reisman’s harmonica. The ballad “Stay with Me Tonight” adds Denny Martin’s accordion for great effect. The reissue adds a cover of Chuck Berry’s “School Days.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just as The E Street Band started as a Jersey Shore group from Asbury Park, Iron City Houserockers cut their teeth in blue-collar Pittsburgh bars, nursing along the songwriting ambitions of singer Joe Grushecky, who sang like Graham Parker and wrote like the Boss. Though they never caught on commercially or grew out of the shadow of their contemporary heroes, Iron City Houserockers did catch the proverbial lightning in a bottle several times in their career. This 1979 debut album isn’t quite as definitive as Have a Good Time but Get Out Alive!, but it does feature several key tracks, including “I Can’t Take It,” “Dance with Me,” “Heroes Are Hard to Find,” and Fred Goodman’s “Hideaway”—where the band’s obvious charisma can be heard in Gary Scalese’s guitar, Gil Snyder’s keyboards, and Marc Reisman’s harmonica. The ballad “Stay with Me Tonight” adds Denny Martin’s accordion for great effect. The reissue adds a cover of Chuck Berry’s “School Days.”

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