Just in time for Halloween, Bakersfield Latin ska reggae group Mento Buru has released “Skalloween,” a 6-track EP of reimagined Halloween audio classics from Bakersfield artists Buck Owens and Ronnie Cook.
Created attainable by means of a generous grant from the Arts Council of Kern, the extended engage in options variations on Owens’ “(It is really a) Monster’s Holiday break” and “Goo Goo Muck” by Ronnie Cook and his band The Gaylads.
The late singer-songwriter released “Goo Goo Muck” in 1962, described as a “rockin’ surf and sax homage” to spooky tales and campy horror flicks like “I Was a Teenage Werewolf.”
“Muck” was reanimated in 1980 right after being learned by The Cramps’ guide singer, Lux Inside, whilst digging as a result of a deal bin of old vinyls. It went on to turn into a single of the iconic horror surfabilly punk act’s signature tunes.
“For as prolonged as I can bear in mind, The Cramps’ ‘Goo Goo Muck’ has been on each Halloween get together playlist, and I normally just assumed it was their tune,” Mento Buru vocalist Matt Munoz stated in a information launch. “One particular day I was owning a dialogue with (Bakersfield) saxophonist Richard Gonzales who explained to me about the origins of the tune and that he experienced also executed as a member of Ronnie Cook’s backing band — The Gaylads — throughout that time. That regional connection blew my head.”
(Other area ties consist of the simple fact that Buckaroos keyboardist Jim Shaw has held the publishing rights to the initial “Goo Goo Muck” music for a long time, and Ronnie Cook’s sister, Renee, is an accomplished bass guitarist in her very own suitable who nonetheless performs in the region.)
Even with becoming included by various alternative and punk functions in the spirit of The Cramps, “Goo Goo Muck” will get a fresh new just take with Mento Buru’s version injected with Jamaican/Latin ska, an all-new killer horn arrangement by saxophonist Paul Perez and a guest appearance by percussionist Marcos Reyes of legendary funk band War.
“(It is a) Monster’s Holiday getaway,” Buck Owens’ ode to gremlins, goblins, dragons and zombies, designed the Major 10 on the Billboard region new music charts in 1974. In the song, the protagonist ends up in a graveyard having a operate-in with Frankenstein’s monster (just referred to as Frankenstein in the track), Dracula and other spooky figures.
For “Skalloween,” Mento Buru turned the music into all-new rockin’ ska burner.
“People have been respiration down our necks for a long time to engage in Buck Owens tunes as we have turn out to be as linked with Bakersfield as Buck has, but as a great deal as we really like and revere his tunes, we’re not a region band,” said Munoz, who acknowledged that the band toyed with covering “Streets of Bakersfield” but refused to do the clear. “I experienced no concept Buck experienced composed a ridiculous Halloween tune, and immediately after a 1st pay attention, I knew we’d lastly located our tribute to Buck and we’d find a way to make it operate.”
Trading the country shuffle for a rockin’ ska rhythm, an all-new horn arrangement total with raging guitar solo by Salvador Galindo, the outcome is a “graveyard party reggae dub conclusion sequence” reminiscent of “Nite Klub” by British ska heroes The Specials, according to the release.
“Depart it to Buck Owens to compose a song this wacky and make it a strike,” mentioned Munoz. “It is the best Bakersfield Halloween music.”
Veteran KUZZ radio identity Sylvia Cariker contributed the original scream to the 1974 model and recalled getting called into the studio by Owens.
“I was pulled from my desk to come to the studio following door, Buck pointed at me the two occasions he wished me to scream, said ‘Thank You’ and I went again to my desk,” recalled Cariker in an electronic mail. “A single choose.”
Cariker declined recreating the legendary scream for the new recording, deferring to the vocals of Alisa Garasa, wife of the band’s drummer, Cesareo Garasa.
“Honey, I did that a long time back! There is certainly no section of my vocal cords that can access that superior now. Many thanks for the give, I am flattered, but … umm … no,” Cariker said.
For the 3rd monitor, the band turned “Goo Goo Muck” into the creepy, Spanish-language “Chu Chu Moco” as translated by Los Angeles musician/producer Moises Baqueiro, who performs with Los Abandoned and Las Cafeteras.
The latter 50 percent of the EP is reggae dub remixes of the a few songs by L.A. producer Dubrobot titled “Goo Goo Dub,” “(It is a) Monster’s Holidub” and “Chu Chu Moco Dub.”
Together with Munoz, on guide vocals and saxophone, and Garasa, Mento Buru consists of bassist Caleb Moore, guitarist Salvador Galindo, Jay Smith on keyboards, saxophonist Paul Perez and Justin Kirk on trombone. “Skalloween” also options visitor musicians: Brent Williams on trumpet, percussionist Marcos Reyes, and Alisa Garasa and Robyn Dyer on track record vocals.
“Skalloween” is out there for down load and streaming on Apple Tunes, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and YouTube.