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Big Pimp Jones - Bad Bad Jimmy Ruckus



Big Pimp Jones Bad Bad Jimmy Ruckus
Big Pimp Jones - Bad Bad Jimmy Ruckus
(CD/LP) Freestyle Records FSRCD058, 2009-09-07

Will we ever get to see this film? Of that we can't be sure, but what we can be sure of is that you hold in your hands the soundtrack to this flick, and that it is one bad mutha. Soundtracks like this are why we dig for records - they're what keep us going when hours, days, even months haven't borne fruit, they're the things that make the travels worth it. This is one of those records that make you do a sextuple-take because you can't believe what you just found: the soundtrack to a cult legend movie that hasn't been released for 35 years and counting. And what a soundtrack it is! Drums all over the place, bass so thick you can spread it on toast and other instrumentation that adds up to a serious dose of fownk. And not only are the tunes good, but the arrangement of it all as well - who knew people used clips of dialogue like this on soundtracks back in the day? Until the movie gets released, if it ever gets released, we can at least enjoy the music from the soundtrack and the bits of dialogue that give us sparse hints about the film. Because if the film is like the soundtrack, it is going to be one bad, bad experience.

Big Pimp Jones Bad Bad Jimmy Ruckus
Big Pimp Jones - Bad Bad Jimmy Ruckus
(CD/LP) Freestyle Records FSRCD058, 2009-09-07

Tracklisting :
01. The Busiest Chicken Stand In Town 0:04
02. Fry Chicken In Your Hot Pants 1:44
03. Fistfight In The Master Bath 3:18
04. Good Morning 0:06
05. Dunk It Down Chocolate Thunder 3:46
06. I Know Karate And I Know White People 0:07
07. Deadly Ruckus Crane Strike 2:17
08. Get Jimmy Ruckus Now 0:10
09. U.F.HO 2:15
10. Car Chase 92 2:48
11. This Cat's About To Make The Cover 0:09
12. Slip N Slide 4:29
13. The Pimp Stroll 2:32
14. Jimmy Ruckus Must Be In Town 0:04
15. Takin' Off 2:53
16. Funky Santa 2:40
17. Even My Socks 0:04
18. Matt The Mack's Theme 3:00
19. I'll Hit You So Hard 0:08
20. South And 41st 2:52
21. You're Directing Me 0:08
22. Cocoa Butter 3:00
23. How Many Plate Glass Windows 0:09
24. The Alleyway 1:41
25. Sunday Afternoon 1:37
26. His Skull Flew Out The Dude's Head! 0:04
27. Three Color Collar 2:41

Links :
bigpimpjones.com
myspace.com/bigpimpjones
freestylerecords.co.uk
myspace.com/freestylerecordsuk
facebook.com/group.php?gid=2397625339
Distribution : kudosrecords.co.uk

Press Release :
Who knew a movie that never even made it to theatres could create such a buzz?

By buzz, we mean a bidding war resulting in the highest ending auction amount on ebay, ever (at the time).

By buzz, we mean a $927,000 final auction price.

By buzz, we mean a winning bidder who chose to remain anonymous (but who, if you believe the rumours is none other than Quentin Tarantino).

By buzz, we mean an ever-moving theatrical release date that continues to get delayed due to the controversial nature of the content (which again, if you believe the rumours, includes a body count in the hundreds, a seven minute sex scene, and a final scene where the bad guy's skull gets punched clean out of his head).

That's the kind of buzz we mean.

Will we ever get to see this film? Of that we can't be sure, but what we can be sure of is that you hold in your hands the soundtrack to this flick, and that it is one bad mutha.

Soundtracks like this are why we dig for records - they're what keep us going when hours, days, even months haven't borne fruit, they're the things that make the travels worth it. This is one of those records that make you do a sextuple-take because you can't believe what you just found: the soundtrack to a cult legend movie that hasn't been released for 35 years and counting.

And what a soundtrack it is! Drums all over the place, bass so thick you can spread it on toast and other instrumentation that adds up to a serious dose of fownk. And not only are the tunes good, but the arrangement of it all as well - who knew people used clips of dialogue like this on soundtracks back in the day?

Until the movie gets released, if it ever gets released, we can at least enjoy the music from the soundtrack and the bits of dialogue that give us sparse hints about the film. Because if the film is like the soundtrack, it is going to be one bad, bad experience.

Musical Beginnings :

K.R.O. and the House Band of the Apocalypse

You could argue it all took off from a riot at a local band show in Philadelphia in 1994. Headlined by Hardcore power trio Threshold (which Keith Foster was the bassist and lead singer), their set - the final set of the five bands that were there (one of which was Flublunk, featuring Chris Williams on bass and lead vocals, and initial House Band drummer Jerry Harlacker on drums) ended badly, setting off a crazy riot that resulted in multiple injuries, lots of damage and changing the way local venues book their bands.
When the dust had settled, the side-project-at-the-time of hip-hop music with a live band behind it became less side-project and and more reality, culling Foster, Williams, Harlacker, Greg Oliva and a member from Threshold together to create K.R.O. and The House Band of the Apocalypse. Years of gigs, lineup changes and albums followed.

1997 - Chocolate Funk
1998 - K.R.O. is on the Mix Tonight (7")
1999 - Pimps in Space
2000 - Takin' It Back

Even during the early years, the band developed a similarity to fake rock band Spinal Tap in their inability to keep drummers in the band, making it difficult for the band the find their rhythm, continue with gigs and write new material. "We even played for a while with someone triggering breakbeats with a keyboard", says Keith. "At this one show, the keyboardist/drummer was still uncomfortable with when the cues were, so we're playing the one part and getting ready to go into the other, all we're waiting for is the beat to change. And we're waiting. And we're waiting. I turn back to look at Tracy and nod. Still no beat change. Then Greg and Chris turn back and look at her too. Still nothing. Then I start chanting in rhythm 'change - change change the beat' like James Brown to make it sound like part of the song…. Still nothing. Then Greg and Chris get in on it - STILL nothing! Then we start moving our bodies up and down and I start moving my arms to tell her to change the beat - STILL nothing! Then, finally she changes the beat - turns out she thought the whole thing was planned by us. We accidentally jammed for 4 minutes alone on just the 'change the beat' chant!"
As they began to write songs for the next album (Dollar Major), a band member had an idea to do a fake compilation. "A couple of us are big record collectors", Keith notes, "and we had the idea to do a fake funk mix, like Brainfreeze [the all funk 45 mix by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist] but with us playing every song". The album was released as a compilation, mixed together by a DJ and everything. "We even made fake labels for 45s, cut them out on paper, threw them in the oven to make them look aged a bit, then scanned them in", recounts Chris.

This became Big Pimp's Kung Fu Studio, the name itself an ode to an old school action figure playset called Big Jim's Kung Fu Studio. Shortly after, the band released Dollar Major. However, Keith remembers "People were getting our name wrong, calling us 'crow' instead of K-R-O and also asking us where 'The Apocalypse' was so they could check us out when we play there. We're like no, no no - The Apocalypse isn't a club. It's THE APOCALYPSE!" In addition, the band wanted to signify a change in sound, a veering away from predominantly hip-hop music with funk as its complement and toward funk being the primary thing the band was about. Thus the band became….

Biography Big Pimp Jones :

Dollar Major was the first album to have Big Pimp Jones credited as the band, with even the later Dukey Rope only reading K.R.O. as the artist. "We figured if we recorded under two names we could put out double the amount of records, like Parliament and Funkadelic", Keith notes. Dollar Major's release also saw the addition of two key new members: Steve Gamble on the drums and Jay Myers on the tables. Now the band was complete and settled, ending the revolving door of players behind the drums for the band.... for a while

Discography:
2001 - Big Pimp's Kung Fu Studio
2003 - Dollar Major, Neighborhood Playa
2005 - Dukey Rope
2005 - Order 66: The Star Wars Remixes
2007 - Admiral Wilson Boulevard
2007 - Dunk it Down Chocolate Thunder (7" - Freestyle Records)
2007 - Three Color Collar (7" - Freestyle Records)

Next up for the band was Dukey Rope, their ode to the old school and the Golden Age of Hip-hop. All of the tracks use samples as their basis, with band members providing instrumentation on all tracks to thicken the sound or add instruments to the simply-looped samples. Due to this, the album is promo-only and is very difficult to find - as is the album that got released within a month of it, Order 66.

While sitting in the audience a few hours before the midnight showing of the final Star Wars film 'Revenge of the Sith', the band - Star Wars fans all - had an idea on how to send off the Star Wars theatrical franchise. "We decided do an album of remixes and new songs - all about Star Wars", remembers Keith. "Some songs are more Star Wars-influenced than others, in fact some songs' lyrics are nothing but Star Wars references. We sat in that theater on a… Wednesday night, I think it was - and by the next Wednesday the album was done". After all the work and time that had been put into Dukey Rope, it now competed for attention with Order 66, as they were released within a few weeks of each other.

As the band played behind its current records, they were contacted one day by Freestyle/Kudos records president Adrian Gibson, who had a copy of Big Pimp's Kung Fu Studio and wanted to release the songs in uncut, unmixed versions on 45. Shortly after, the band released two singles on Freestyle - the two A-sides being "Dunk It Down Chocolate Thunder" by Clarence Foster and the Internal Revenue Services and "Three Color Collar" by Nosotros Pimpamos.

While working on that release, the band also released "Admiral Wilson Boulevard", the most ho-populated stretch in the Philadelphia area.

2008-2009

But the band wasn't done shifting the lineup around. Steve Gamble left the band in 2008, creating a year of flux among the band, limited live performances and volumes of unreleased material.

2008 - The Inn at World's End
2009 - Bad Bad Jimmy Ruckus (upcoming on Freestyle Records)

(And potentially 2-4 more records in 2009)

Greg Oliva shifted to drums as the band searched for guitarists, losing both to jail time. However in mid-2009 Chris Gelok joined the band as guitarist, performing at one gig in mid-2008 and beginning to write new material with the band. He also performed recently at the band's gig at The Walnut Rom as part of the James Brown tribute party with DJ Skeme.

Big Pimp Jones is performing around the Philadelphia area and writing new material for an album featuring the current lineup.

City: Philadelphia, PA

Current Performing Lineup
Greg Oliva: Drums
Chris Williams: Bass
Chris Gelok: Guitar
Keith Foster: vocals

Studio Used: Home Studio (The Chamber)

Equipment Used/ Notable Recording Techniques (coming soon)

Number of Copies Pressed:
K.R.O. is on the Mix Tonight - 500 (self-released)
Clarence Foster and the Internal Revenue Service:
Dunk it Down Chocolate Thunder - 1,000 (released on Freestyle Records)
Nosotros Pimpamos: Three Color Collar - 1,000 (released on Freestyle Records)
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