MP3 Mitch Ryder - Naked But Not Dead
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9 MP3 Songs in this album (39:18) !
Related styles: ROCK: Detroit Rock, URBAN/R&B: Northern Soul
Originally released on Seeds & Stems Records in 1979 an American Jade Record label co-owned by Tom Conner & Mitch Ryder. This is the second album produced by the duo and has been re-mastered for worldwide digital download release through CD Baby.
The opening cut âAinât Nobody Whiteâ is, however, a blues that confesses that ânobody whiteâ ever really sings the blues, although that never stopped lots of people from trying. It adopts a the sort of low key groove that might have suited Dire Straits with the nasal vocals Bruce Springsteen employed to such telling effect. âThis song was covered by three different artists in Germany,â says Mitch. âBy the way, Inever believed that ânobody white can sing the bluesâ. It was a remark about the infamous
incident with Elvis Costello, who made a remark about Ray Charles, after Ray had said:
âAinât nobody white can sing the blues, except maybe Jewsâ. My belief is thatâs a falsehood I began my career singing in a black quartet and throughout my entire life concentrated on urban rhythmânâblues music. I think that people from all around the world - whether theyâre from China or India - are capable of singing the blues.â
âItâs Not For Me (The Corporate Song)â is a slow, funky number with lots of slide guitar and a moody, menacing tone. âItâs about corporate America. And I wrote this decades before anybody was saying âthis is what itâs all aboutâ. The song is about the corporate mentalityand market place that existed at that time, when they were trying to kick start https://www.tradebit.com get a metallic industrial sound we even got a blacksmithâs anvil into the studio to hammer.â
âWarâ is even more menacing, but with an up tempo funky rhythm. âIt explains the Americanmentality of pitching for war. Itâs all about our life style and how we canât sustain it without going to war. And weâve had so many wars.â
âFuture Looks Brightâ dispenses with the R&B vibe altogether in favour of a jolly, vaudeville style that is perhaps intentionally ironic. âI wanted to try my hand and see if I could make it work. The song has a sarcastic format that was inspired by my friend, the composer Lionel Bart. I was trying to construct a song that I thought would be appropriate if it was put in the context of a musical. And I think I succeeded. Lionel was a true genius. He once createda record that was his answer to âhttps://www.tradebit.comperâs Lonely Hearts Club Bandâ. It was the only album in response to âhttps://www.tradebit.comperâ by any artist that came close. He never got the recognition he deserved.â
âI Got Mineâ isnât the old Small Faces number, but a fast, boogie rocker with a shuffle beatbehind Ryderâs more relaxed vocals. âBob Seger liked that one very much and he picked up on the fact the lyrics allude to him. When he was doing a six day run at a hall in Detroit in front of 10,000 people, he told his manager that Mitch Ryder was going to open for him on the show. There was a huge fight between him and his manager, because they had another act lined up. But Bob wanted me to open for him, out of respect.
Spitting Lizardâ is another rocker with an odd title that might perhaps
be dedicated to somebody Mitch encountered in the music business.
However, he now says: âI donât even know what a spitting lizard is! I think
itâs more about an attitude than a person or an animal.â
âTrue Loveâ is far removed from the old Bing Crosby/Grace Kelly hit of 1956
and its reggae lilt is deceptive. Mitch reveals its dark origins. âI wrote
that when I was contemplating suicide. In fact, I had attempted suicide in 1973 and, obviously, didnât succeed. I would have, but my wife came home early and took me to the hospital and saved me, so I could continue on with Godâs work. Itâs so silly when I look back at what Iâve done in the past. I can understand why people attempt to take their own lives, but youâve really got to be egocentric to do it. Youâve got to believe you are the only person in the world and totally forget there are other people who love you. You should at least communicate with them and tell them about your pain. Suicide is understandable, especially when people gang up on you, as was done to me. You become desperate and suffer too much drama, pain and strife. I just wanted that to end. Ultimately, suicide is a very selfish act.â
âI Donât Wanna Hear Itâ has even more mixed influences, where punk rock meets 1950s pop. âThatâs one of the most sexist songs ever recorded. Itâs equal to âUnder My Thumbâ by the Rolling Stones. And this was written at a time when were supposed to be enlightened! I was really baiting the feminists to make a remark and it was a cruel thing to do. I donât dismiss it, though. It had a purpose.â
âHome Townâ has a reggae feel and the lyrics have another pointed message, as Mitch
explains. âThatâs about the âwhite flightâ in Detroit. Itâs about the abandoning of the city of Detroit by the general white population. So itâs now 87 per cent African American. I do drive into Downtown Detroit, as there is a safe corridor, but the warning is âdonât get a flat tyreâ.
Over the next twenty years, Mitch Ryder released many more albums and continued
performing, especially in Germany where he toured in 2009. Mitch Ryder has also been busy working on his autobiography âDevils In Blue Dresses: The Wild Ride Of A RockânâRoll Legendâ, due for publication in August 2009. It promises to be a wild read!
CHRIS WELCH London, England, February 2009
An American Jade Production for Seeds & Stems Records
Produced by Tom Conner & Mitch Ryder
Recorded at: Superdisc â East Detroit Michigan
Engineers: Ron Cristopher, F. Munch, https://www.tradebit.comcz
Mixed at Cloudborn Productions â Grosse Pointe Michigan
Engineer: Ken Sands
Wilson Owens â Drums
Joe Gutc â Guitar
Richard Schein â Guitar
Billy Csernits â Keyboards
Mark Gougeon â Bass/Flute
Copyright 1979 & 2009 American Jade Inc
in partnership with CDbaby
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