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Problem Child - It's Not My Faultdotdotdot
artworkThis is a late eighties band on the blues-rock trail that included several well known players. This is here for several reasons, some great playing, a version of rumble, and at least one member of a legendary surf band. Guitarist Greg Douglas had been a member of the legendary Vibrants, as well as the Statics, before joining the remnants of the Virtues. His other credits include a stint with Link Wray in '74-'75, and Country Weather (formerly the Virtues), Mistress, Soundhole, and Steve Miller. The other guitarist is John Cipollina, who is best known for his shimmering guitar style with Quicksilver Messenger Service. He also did time with the Penetrators (his '59-'65 band), the Deacons aka the Swingin' Deacons / the Deacon's Daughters, the Welsh band Man, Terry & the Pirates (not the 1965 San Francisco band), Raven, Copperhead, Soundhole, and Thunder & Lightning. The drummer is Greg Ellmore, who was also a member of Quicksilver Messenger Service, after leaving his seminal garage punk band the Brogues (which also included QMS member Gary Grubb aka Gary Duncan). His other credits include the Allies, Terry & the Pirates, Thunder & Lightning, Mike Whilhelm, the WolfPack Band, Terraplane, the Band, and Yikes. The bassist is Les Lizama, who played bass for Link Wray in the mid seventies when he lived on the San Francisco peninsula, but also played with BRO, Front page Review, Copperhead, and Eddie Money. Chris Cole is the lead vocalist. These tracks were recorded in 1987. All are live at various venues.
Picks: Poor Boy, Breather, Rumble

Track by Track Review


Poor Boy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a sweetly played bottleneck blues, full of emotion and depth. Subtle, fluid, and sinewy.

Breather dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another great bottleneck blues, emotional and spirited, this time accompanied by drums, and faster. very infectious.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This a cover of the album version of this classic Link Wray tune. It is a full throated performance, delivered like they mean it, and mean enough to cut the mustard. It shows off the time spent in Link's band by Greg Douglas and Les Lizama.