SCOTT “DELUXE” DRAKE: The World’s Strongest Man: CD

Fans that recognize Scott’s name will likely remember his tenure with his old band, the Humpers, one of America’s best bands to make spaced-out and fucked up rock‘n’roll accessible to loads of punk rock folk across the globe. Now on his own, Scott’s been tooling around with his love yet again on this disc, along with a few familiar faces from his old gang (Mark “Anarchy” Lee and Billy Burks). A large portion of this CD is in tune with what Scott was churning out with the Humpers, like “I Made a Mistake,” “The Girl with the Titanium Heart,” and “The Bolivian Mind Bender.” I even dug on the Stonesy, organ-speckled “The World’s Strongest Man,” but then there’s “A Boat Named Mischief,” which sounds a helluva lot like a ‘luded-up Jim Morrison singing Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” and the Pink Floyd-ish “Dementia.” As long as Scott doesn’t go and decide to put out a full-length of vocal standards and continues to put out the rawk, things are good. And Mr. Mark Lee: animal husbandry, fer crying out loud? Someone call Animal Planet.

 –dale (Dionysus)