ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#6] Grandpaboy By
Dead Man Shake
Dead Man Shake,
the latest raucous album from Grandpaboy (AKA Paul Westerberg), offers up a
few rough-edged slices of punkified Rhythm and Blues. Following his triumphant
comeback with last year's Stereo/Mono the Minneapolis-based Westerberg
continues his prolific hot streak by releasing his own Come Feel Me Tremble
the same day as his alter ego's Dead Man Shake. Leading off with the
hometown ditty "MPLS," Dead Man sounds a bit like Bob Dylan if he'd
grown up on the Clash. The catchy pop track "Vampires and Failures"
wouldnt sound out of place on a Replacement's album, whereas the sincere
white-boy blues reading of Jimmy Reed's "Take Out Some Insurance"
feels like a thrown-together hootenanny. Westerberg also takes on a few other
choice covers, namely Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
While none of his music will ever be accused of being slick, Westerberg really
lets it all hang out as Grandpaboy. The on-the-fly sound is patchy and
any musical errors are kept proudly in place. It may appear to simply be a jokey
side-project, but Grandpaboy's self-recorded Dead Man Shake is earnest
and entertaining, and no Westerberg fan will be complete without it.