Microwave Dave & The Nukes

Microwave Dave & The Nukes
Last Time I Saw You

Self Release

By Lady K
May 2012

Soooo, Microwave Dave and the Nukes . . . Lady K assumed she was going to be listening to some totally psychedelic band that thought they were playing the blues. Oh, and by the way; and every now and then Lady K is wrong (hard to believe, but true). Microwave Dave is Dave Gallaher; and according to the promo sheet that accompanied this CD, he was born in Chicago, raised in Texas, served in Vietnam, attended Berklee School of Music, and now lives in Alabama. So, a heart-felt thank-you to Microwave Dave for his service to country back in the day, and now we thank him for the blues on “Last Time I Saw You.” The Nukes are Rick Godfrey (bass, harmonica) and James Irvin (drums). Microwave Dave wrote all but two of the tunes on this CD, and also does vocals, guitars, percussion, lowebow, cigtone and a bit of drumming (and no, Lady K doesn’t know how all of that music comes out of those ‘box’ guitars – it just does . . . and it always amazes her).

By now most everyone who reads Lady K’s musings knows that she is missing the country-western gene and has ‘issues’ with music that twangs. Luckily, while there are a few tunes that sorta-kinda lean toward a bit of a country sound, they did not make Lady K want to turn the disk into a Frisbee and toss it out onto the beach; mostly because Microwave Dave’s outlook on life and love and people is so uproariously hilarious on most of the 11 original tunes; in addition to the really good blues music, with killer guitar and percussion. Covers include David Elliot’s hard-driving up-tempo “I’ve Got a Bet with Myself” and Billy C. Farlow’s “Alabama Saturday Night” (borderline twang on this one and Lady K swears she heard a horse clopping in the background).

The mid-tempo “Drinkin’ Wine Since Nine” sort of describes a night out in the life of any-man (or woman). “Been drinkin’ wine since 9 . . . feelin’ mighty fine . . . been makin’ friends since 10 . . . friends who I know I might not ever see again, those people who’ve been my friends since 10. Been up-steppin’ since 11 . . . never knew I could dance so fine. (they) told me I was through at 2 . . . put me out on the street ‘bout 3.” See? Just a normal night out – we’ve all had ‘em!!

Track two is an up-tempo shuffle, with some heavy, rocking guitar and a completely different outlook on life and love. He says he’s been “lied on, lied to and lied about . . . been called a cheater, a beater and a bum . . . ‘Jesus Was Smart’ not to mate . . . been called heavy and horny and hairy . . . ‘Jesus Was Smart’ not to marry.” Too funny; a bit cynical; possibly written after one of those wine-drinkin’ nights; definitely lyrics that I wasn’t expecting to hear on a blues album.

“The Worst Thing” is slow, with some bluesy-sexy guitar, and (again) a different way of describing a new romance. “Whatever happened to that feeling, the one that’s been here for so long? I was standing, but now I’m kneeling and I don’t know what’s going on.” Phrases that describe the way that his life used to be - the life he’d been used to living. And then . . . things change and “now I know what happened to that feeling; that status quo I couldn’t lose . . . I was hurt but now I’m healing; wearing new holes in my dancing shoes.” He sings to his new love “you’re the worst thing that ever happened to the blues.”

“Tire Man” – it’s catchy, and up-beat; equating life and love to being a tire-man (yes, really). “I’m a tire man – must be why I’m getting tired of you . . . I’m so much finer than those recaps you were running before . . . I’m a tire-man baby, ain’t gonna be your spare.” More laughs follow on the up-tempo, zydeco number, “Last Time That I Saw You.” Try to follow me now, “the last time that I saw you was gonna be the last time that I saw you . . . the last time that I saw you I made up my mind, if we didn’t work it out, it was gonna be the last time that I saw you. Next time that I saw you, I forgot about the last time that I saw you; it must have slipped my mind about the last time that I saw you. ‘The first time that I saw you, I wish it was the last time that I saw you.” OK, and there’s a track called “Hydraulic Grind”; someone recorded 13 seconds of a Dodge van winch. (Which of course, Lady K recognized immediately. What the hell is a van winch?)

“All Nite Boogie” is super-fast, hard-driving, and a relentless rocker that will make you want to dance, but bet ya can’t keep it up for the 6+ minutes that the tune lasts. Guy’s got nowhere else to go; no place to live; no place to sleep so he’s staying on the dance floor all night; then he woke up on the dance floor, and boogied some more. I don’t think it’s possible to fall asleep during “All Nite Boogie” – and you won’t want to – it’s kick-ass. “Goin’ Downtown” is another uptempo rocker. In this one, he’s tempting her to go out and play. “Week day, work day, what the hell . . . c’mon baby we’re goin’ downtown . . . got cash in my pocket, lock your purse in the trunk . . . you can get a little drunk. We’re ‘Goin’ Downtown’.”

Every bluesman loves a road song, and in the mid-tempo “Cadillac Ride” he and his lowebow are heading to Memphis, to Beale Street, looking for that “Cadillac Ride.” It’ll make ya want to sing along. Which you’ll also want to do with the up-tempo “Vagabundos.” The tune has a flamenco feel, and unless you can speak Spanish, you’ll not be singing along as Microwave Dave sings the whole tune in Spanish. The Last Time I Saw You ends with the addictive mid-tempo track named “Rafferty.” This is an enjoyable CD; you’ll want to listen more than once!!!

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