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MP3 Ukulele Pete - Who Would Jesus Bomb?

Ukulele-based folk-pop. Bari uke, harmonica. Satire, politics, comedy, pop culture.

7 MP3 Songs in this album (18:36) !
Related styles: FOLK: Folk Pop, POP: Pop/Rock

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Ukulele Pete is a veteran singer/songwriter tracing his roots to a wide variety of styles from folk to electronica. Albums include “Goats and Eels” (synth pop) “Early Stuff“ (pop rock) “Before I Had an Attitude” (country) and his latest, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” (uke pop/political). Often controversial, always entertaining, Ukulele Pete is best known for his unashamedly catchy melodies and simple arrangements.

The title track, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” gives a scorching critique of the Bush/Rumsfeld debacle, complete with sound bites and special effects. The lighthearted bari uke/accordion arrangement might cause some to miss the serious message behind the comedy.

“That Tiki-Wiki Ukulele Rock-n-Roll Hula Girl” will please uke players and Beatles fans and anyone else with a sense of humor, as will the other two tracks on this album with minimal arrangements, I.e., baritone ukulele, bass, vocal and harmonica, “I’d rather Be Rich” and “Keep Me Out of the Sun.”

“Get Along, Little Dogies” is an amazing, completely reworked version of the song we all sang in grade school. Not to be missed!

“Little Fox” turns back to the serious side with the story of an American vacationing in Jamaica and finding himself attracted to a young woman who turns out to be a prostitute. With the help of a 70’s style organ and harmonica, we feel the heat of the Kingston bar scene. The sad ending gives no resolution, only the man turning back to the safety of his previous existence and learning nothing from what could have been an enlightening experience.

Finally, “Not Even Jethro” turns up the heat a bit by adding high energy drums and a Hammond organ. It is an often misunderstood, often polarizing song which, like Randy Newman’s “Short People” requires the listener to kick back and chill out. Just imagine Jed Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies as a closet gay and you start to get the idea!

Don’t take my word for it. Take a listen to the samples of this memorable album!

(review by Charlie Schneweiss)

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