MAMBO CHILLUM "Mambo Chillum"
(Kinky Star Records 1998 - KS 009)
Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
Intro (Well you needn't - Thelonious Monk)
2. Mr. B (Mr. PC - John Coltrane)
3. Mornin' Light (Morning Light - Benoleil/Regavoy)
4. Hoodoo (I've been hoodood - Mac Rebennack)
5. Swing Sister Swing (R. Lewis / W. Clarence / W. Bishop)
6. Monkey Doodl (Let the dady hold you - Otis Blackwell)
7. Bongo (B. Gaillard)
8. 300 Pounds of Joy (W. Dixon)
9. Shotgun Boogie (Tenessee Ernie Ford)
10. Boogie (Mambo Chillum)
11. Tonight my God (For you my love - Paul Gayten)
12. Hate to see you go (Walter Jacobs)
13. Dreamin' stuff (Mambo Chillum)
- Fred Verhaegen (vocals, harmonica)
- "Super Bruno" De Groote (guitars)
- Frederik Van Den Berghe (drums)
- Kristiaan "Boss" Bosschaerts (bass)
Produced by Geoffrey Burton
Coverdesign : Bruno "O'Hara" Janssens
Mambo Chillum are not only like one of the great tunes recorded by the blues
legend, John Lee Hooker, but also a fantastic Belgian band who blend Blues and
Mambo into a unique cocktail of music.......or at least did,before their recent
Before their wonderful recordings are lost forever, Kinky Star Records released
a full CD, starting with a two track PROMO single. Morning'
Light is a sunny swinging track with a hint of jazz and is a potential Summer
hit. "Tonight My God" moves more towards raw Rock and is a track John Spencer
could certainly get his head around. These are two numbers that are tailor made
for the music lover who doesn't give a shit for current fashions and trends!!!
Source : Kinky Star Records.
In the press:
- Weekend Knack, november 1998: "The most low & dirty sound
of our own country is a product of Mambo Chillum, a combo that has already
broken up in the meantime. The cd that has been released, can be seen as a beautiful
farewel gift. A grubby cd filled with a muddy kind of blus. Sniffs of jazz and
mambo are like pepper & sault to bring it up to taste."".
- Stage, januari 1999 : ***** "As soon as the first notes of the
instrumental opener Mr. B bang their way
through the speaker, it becomes clear that there some horribly good playing going
on here, not without a certain sense of humour. They sound like hell ... The harmonicaplay
of singer Fred Verhaegen just might blow Steven de Bruyn of El
Fish off his trone... You just gótta get this into your homes".
Did you see a good (or bad) review of the album ? Send
it to me !
In February of last year, there was a letter to the editor in Humo's Uitlaat,
a week after that magazine had done an interview with two young belgian bluesbands,
Soul Sucker & The Seatsniffers, in
which a certain Guido Belcanto from Antwerp (possibly thé Guido
Belcanto ??) brought the notice of "another band that at least equals,
but might well outclass these two combo's : The Mambo Chillum, a club of young
gansters that seem to have run straight on stage from a Tarantino movie, and brew
an irrisistible cocktail of surf, latin, blues & rockabilly". How right
this man was !!
It must have been about that time that the group had finished the recording of
their debut-record (with Geoffrey Burton, the right hand of Arno
& Pieter-Jan Desmet), and started looking
for a record firm to bring it out. By August however, the members of the band
had grown weary of each other, and - although they now had the certainty the record
would be released - the group gave their farewell concert.
On the cd itself, none of this can be heard : there's some maniacal musicmaking
going on here, the guitars are dipped in grease, the drums hammer away, the harmonica
plagues the high notes, the voice tears down a wall of feedback ... in short :
swamp blues (examples : Mr.B, Hoodoo,
Boogie). Every other song the guys give
themselves some breathing room with somewhat more civilized blues songs, with
influences of mambo, jazz, swing ... (examples : Morning'
Light, Dreaming Stuff).
The scorching tempo & quality of the first tracks doesn't last 'till the end
of the record and in some songs the blues monotony takes it's toll, but in it's
peaks, this material would fit in without a problem on one of the Nuggets collections.
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
More about this group :
- More about this group can be found at the website of Kinky
- Contact :
through Kinky Star Records, Vlasmarkt 9, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Tel + Fax : 0032-(0)9-223.48.45 email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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