13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chuck E. Weiss was quite the scenester back when Los Angeles was filled with characters who lived every word Charles Bukowski ever wrote. Tom Waits and Johnny Depp are listed as executive producers on this album, with Weiss retaining the actual production credit. Previous Weiss albums, such as Extremely Cool or 23rd & Stout, give a good idea of what Red Beans and Weiss is like. Guitarist Tony Gilkyson, drummer Don Heffington, and pianist Michael Murphy have supported Weiss before, and their capable musicianship helps this beatnik collection flow with touches of vintage rock ’n’ roll. Saxophonists Jimmy Roberts and CeCe Worrall-Rubin provide important color, giving The Rolling Stones’ rare and bootlegged “Exile on Main Street Blues” track legitimate life next to Murphy’s pounding piano. Weiss is part raconteur for “That Knucklehead Stuff” and the more melodic “Kokamo (Boy Bruce).” For a mariachi-polka, there’s “Hey Pendejo.” Los Angeles and its legends are everywhere, right down to The Doors’ “Five to One” riff, which haunts “The Hink-a-Dink.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chuck E. Weiss was quite the scenester back when Los Angeles was filled with characters who lived every word Charles Bukowski ever wrote. Tom Waits and Johnny Depp are listed as executive producers on this album, with Weiss retaining the actual production credit. Previous Weiss albums, such as Extremely Cool or 23rd & Stout, give a good idea of what Red Beans and Weiss is like. Guitarist Tony Gilkyson, drummer Don Heffington, and pianist Michael Murphy have supported Weiss before, and their capable musicianship helps this beatnik collection flow with touches of vintage rock ’n’ roll. Saxophonists Jimmy Roberts and CeCe Worrall-Rubin provide important color, giving The Rolling Stones’ rare and bootlegged “Exile on Main Street Blues” track legitimate life next to Murphy’s pounding piano. Weiss is part raconteur for “That Knucklehead Stuff” and the more melodic “Kokamo (Boy Bruce).” For a mariachi-polka, there’s “Hey Pendejo.” Los Angeles and its legends are everywhere, right down to The Doors’ “Five to One” riff, which haunts “The Hink-a-Dink.”

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Past his prime

cvplummer

I was real excited about this album. His past albums are so great. But this is verging on gibberish. If Kramer from Seinfeld made an album, this is what it would sound like. Johnny Depp couldn't coax better hip raps and vocal performances from Chuck?

songs missing

debloves888

my down loan didn't include Boston Blackie, the one I wanted. Now it says I downloaded and won't let me get it again! Frustrating!

About Chuck E. Weiss

The ultimate scene-maker, Chuck E. Weiss has spent a career hobnobbing with the cool and famous in rock's hierarchy while barely pursuing a career of his own. Born in Denver, Weiss was originally a drummer, touring with bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins. By the late '60s, Weiss had performed and/or recorded with Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Roger Miller, and others. While still living in Denver, he struck up a friendship with singer/songwriter Tom Waits, later writing songs like "Spare Parts" with him and moving to Los Angeles. Living at West Hollywood's infamous Tropicana Motel with Waits and singer Rickie Lee Jones, Weiss became the subject of Jones' hit "Chuck E.'s in Love." Weiss' career finally stumbled off the launching pad with the 1981 release of The Other Side of Town, a collection of demo tapes released on Select Records. Rather than follow this up with a proper release, Weiss instead put together a band called the G-d Damn Liars and spent the next 11 years performing a weekly gig at the L.A. nightclub the Central and later partnered with friend Johnny Depp to convert the club into the Viper Room. After a 18-year hiatus from recording, Weiss' second album, Extremely Cool, was released on a Rykodisc subsidiary, Slow River, in 1999. Old Souls & Wolf Tickets appeared in 2001, followed by 23rd & Stout in 2007.

Weiss spent the next six years performing in and around Los Angeles, occasionally touring.

He re-entered the studio in late 2013 and emerged with the self-produced Red Beans & Weiss on Anti. The album's executive producers were actor Johnny Depp and singer/songwriter Tom Waits. ~ Cub Koda

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