With ear-catching toe-tappers like I LIKE MIKE and CRYIN' OVER BRIAN, Jay Spears' debut album BOY HOWDY was Outmusic's nominee for Outstanding Album 2003, and the feel-good swing of I LIKE MIKE made for a hit single and a smash music video (think swing-dancing baseball players) that still airs in heavy rotation on Viacom's LOGO channel.
Now Jay's back, and his new CD is called PLAYIN' ON MY TEAM, of course. The gay love-child of Randy Newman and Tom Waits, Jay's new batch of homo-pop gathers gay dating, R&R, urban techno, Irish-Catholic guilt, acoustic story-song, a boy-on-boy cover of a 1963 girl-group chart-topper, and even a big ol' full-choir gospel tune for our wacky Evangelical pals into one great big way-gay musical bouquet.
I love the cd. I'm singing Sean, Sean EVERYWHERE and when people ask me what am I singing i just put my iPod in their face and say this is the song and this is the man. -- Erlin, NY
So like I'm driving like a NASCAR nut to Palm Springs. I had resisted the temptation playing your new CD until I could listen to it in 1 sitting. So there I am in the middle of the desert, and a familiar Herman's Hermits guitar riff gets going. NTS, I'm laughing my ass off. And My Boyfriend's back just made me snort on the water I was chugging. Hey, let's not forget your tribute to DaVinci on the disc graphics...you ol' beefbo you. Thanks, Larz
Hi Jay, Just wanted to let you know how jazzed I am that you've got a new album! I've been looking forward to this since I bought your last one. No one writes quite like you:) Best of luck in all you do. Sincerely, Mike
Hey Jay! Phil, the boys and I just returned from a weekend in Chicago and were thrilled to open our mailbox and find "Playin' On My Team"! The kids were so excited that you had recorded a whole second album. We burst out laughing at Cheapskate and then laughed with a bit of "we're going to hell" fervor over the brilliant Smak Dem Christians Down. Oh my lord, what great songwriting! Glad to have some new Jay treats and we hope you are doing well! -- Brian, Phil, Max & Spencer; WI
P.S. Thrilled to have Bougainvillea Waltz on with the back-up...we love that version!
Jay, my but the playin' on "Playin' On..." is superb. Krist on a crutch, but you can sting those strings! Thanks for sending the disc my way. It's in heaviest rotation mode in my car now, and I am constantly grabbing the Jewel Box to see who played what. I will soon crash. I am partial to 'Arnie' for its shuffle beatiness, but am just wild about My Belinda and am singing it to myself all of the time. Not a dud tune on the thing and a cheerier cheekier Jay-y-er disc does not exist.
Kudos to Yudos. More Jay on wax is a very very good thingie. -- Brad, L.A.
WOW PLAYING ON MY TEAM SOUNDS GREAT MAN LOVE THE WORDS SO COOL!! GOOD LUCK ON YR NEW CD. Love, Mike