This could be fun and interesting: Cheap Trick’s founding drummer (and member in legal-standing only) Bun E. Carlos has a solo album coming out!
Greetings from Bunezuela! comes out June 24 and features a slew of guests on the songs, all of which are cover tunes. The guests include Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, Alejandro Escovedo, John Stirratt of Wilco and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, among others. The track listing is pretty inspired, too:
1.“Do Something Real” — Robert Pollard (Robert Pollard solo)
2. “Him or Me” — featuring Hanson (Paul Revere and the Raiders)
3. “Armenia in the Sky” — John Stirratt (the Who)
4. “I Love You No More” — Alex Dezen (the Blackstones)
5. “Tell Me” — Alejandro Escovedo (the Rolling Stones)
6. “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” — Dave Pirner (Bob Dylan)
7. “Let the Mystery Be” — Xeno (Iris DeMent)
8. “Idea” — Robert Pollard (the Bee Gees)
9. “Le Cactus” — Nicholas Tremulis (Jacque DuTronc)
10. “I Can Only Give You Everything” — Rick Rizzo (Them)
11. “Slow Down” — Alejandro Escovedo (Alejandro Escovedo)
12. “Count on Me” — Xeno (Fra Lippo Lippi)
13. “I Don’t Mind” — Alex Dezen (Alex Dezen)
I’m really looking forward to hearing this. Bun’s playing has a unique swing to it – if I was a real drummer I can probably put this more succinctly – and I think that’s partly because he’s got such speed in his wrists. He never overplays, and only plays just what the song needs.
He’s also a walking encyclopedia of rock drumming. Check this video out (and part 2 as well) to hear where Bun E. nicked various drum licks to use in Cheap Trick songs. As Bun E. says, no doubt several times a day, “it’s pretty cool.” As is his solo album!