Kenny Howes | The Right Idea

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The Right Idea

by Kenny Howes

Explodes with some of the most perfect power pop drawing to mind the likes of everyone from The Beatles and Who to Trip Shakespeare and Matthew Sweet, and even throwing in a bit of garage rock.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. The Right Idea
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2. Thought You'd Never Go
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3. Back To You Today
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4. Let Me In
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5. The Big Monster
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6. Impressive!
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7. B-1
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8. Girls With Glasses
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9. The Ballad of Zelda (version 3)
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10. Double Bed
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11. You Thought My Name Was Jay
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12. Somebody
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13. Easy On The Eye
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14. Afternoon July
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Album Notes
Kenny Howes writes songs, makes and produces records, and jumps and kicks on stage. He’s from the South, but now he’s in the West. He fully embraces his influences yet constantly redefines his own musical guidelines. He continues to carry the torch for traditional power-pop and rock-n-roll while eschewing the trappings of the form. Reverent, yes. Copycat? No!!!

He just wants to rock.

"The Right Idea" is a collection of songs from his first three CDs, which are now out of print. The material is remixed, remastered, and the disc includes three previously unreleased tracks.

In addition to writing, Kenny co-produced and performed on his records nearly single-handedly, overdubbing most of the instruments and all the voices himself.


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The Right Idea --- An Idea you ought to have
Kenny Howes spans both power-pop and rock and roll genres with his own "indie" spirit that breathes "style." This compilation album lets listeners share in some gems from several out of print CDs. Kenny's jangly Rickenbacker guitar nuances are so tasteful and brings a smile to your face - sort of feeling like being younger than yesterday. You might possibly hear shades of The Smithereens or R.E.M. as remote influences. A great track lifted from Kenny Howes Second Album is the catchy crowd pleaser, at many a KH gig, "Girls with Glasses." My favorites include the double tracked vocals on "Thought You’d Never Go” and "Let Me In" which bring listeners some sweet remembrances of the harmony vocals of yesteryears and maybe a hint of the Rubber Soul era. A little surprise is the unlisted 16th track ... sort of a hodgepodge of studio clips/outtakes in a Revolution Number 9 format, interspersed with a Spanish language announcer bringing you Kenny live at a radio station ! This compilation recording will bring a smile to your face and you'll find yourself playing some of the catchy tunes over and over. Jangle-pop music did not die after the British Invasion ! Those of you who have been moping since The Plimsouls retired and all those post-punk 80's bands have gone through personnel restructuring - don't give up. California's music scene has not derailed - it's just being redefined. Rock and roll is still played on Rickenbacker guitars ! You'll find that Kenny Howes has the Right Idea.


Good Idea
Rock on, you bad ass mo-fo!