Big Lou's Polka Casserole | Doctors of Polka-Ology

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Brave Combo Jimmy Sturr Walt

Album Links
Big Lou's Polka Casserole Bitmunk GreatIndieMusic Tradebit MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes

More Artists From
United States - California

Other Genres You Will Love
World: Polka Easy Listening: Polka Moods: Mood: Party Music
There are no items in your wishlist.

Doctors of Polka-Ology

by Big Lou's Polka Casserole

Hippierock, Country, Mexican, German, Polish, Hollywood Polka Music
Genre: World: Polka
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Buy 2 or more of this title and get 10% off
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Never a Dull Moment
Share this song!
X
2:59 $0.99
2. Let Me In
Share this song!
X
3:14 $0.99
3. Medley - Vamos Al Baile & Veva El West Side
Share this song!
X
3:13 $0.99
4. Wien, Du Stadt Meiner Traume
Share this song!
X
2:39 $0.99
5. Hey, Mr. Travel Agent
Share this song!
X
2:57 $0.99
6. Cyganie Wloczedzy I Zlodzieje (gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Share this song!
X
2:55 $0.99
7. Hooray For Capt. Spaulding
Share this song!
X
2:38 $0.99
8. Open the Door
Share this song!
X
3:07 $0.99
9. Padam, Padam
Share this song!
X
3:03 $0.99
10. Clari-nyet Polka
Share this song!
X
3:07 $0.99
11. Madre Du Un Soldado
Share this song!
X
3:15 $0.99
12. Sakkijarven Polka
Share this song!
X
2:12 $0.99
13. Boys in the Backroom
Share this song!
X
2:28 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A LISTENER'S GUIDE TO DOCTORS OF POLKA-OLOGY

Doctors of Polka-Ology is the latest offering from San Francisco's premier polka band, Big Lou's Polka Casserole. Showcasing Lou's trademark love of variety, the latest CD features originals and classics, with American, Norteño, French and Viennese stylings.

"Never a Dull Moment" - Inspired by a five hour marathon session of listening to Walt Solek records while reading Neal Gaiman's “ The Anansi Boys”, this is a Big Lou original. It features several guest stars, among them Beth Custer on clarinet, Zach Spellman from the San Francisco Opera on tuba, and Glenn Walters from the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils belting out the lyrics.

"Let Me in" - We are always on the lookout for polkas that were on the rock-and-roll charts. We had to change this hit for The Sensations a little bit, but it really didn't have far to go to become a rocking polka.

"Medley - Vamos al Baile & Viva el West Side" - this is a medley of two of our favorite Norteño polkas. The first is a traditional classic, the second was a hit for Fred Zimmerle. We had the extreme good fortune to have Lauro Guajardo play with us on this one.

"Wien, du Stadt meiner Traumer" - our good friend Joe Shmiel always plays this waltz, and we fell in love with it. Joshua Brody did the wonderful horn arrangement of this Rudolph Sieczynski classic, and also played the piano part. That's Beth Custer playing the bass clarinet.

"Hey, Mr. Travel Agent" - this is Big Lou's homage to the Andrew Sisters. She only wishes that she could have sung the song wearing a World War II WAC's uniform. Our good friend and neighbor, Kathleen Enright-Salvia sings the harmony part, her husband Henry Salvia tickles the ivories, and that's Chris Grady playing trumpet. Lou tried to include as many polka playing locales as she could, and apologizes to the ones she left out.

“Cyganie Włóczędzy i Złodzieje (Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves)" - we think this Cher classic was born to be played as a polka. We have to admit, however, that Cher owns the song, which is why we didn't try to sing it. Still, we think the melody is lovely. Our version features special guest Eric Lenchner on the electric sitar.

" Hooray for Captain Spaulding" - everybody thinks the polkas from their native land are the best, and Big Lou is no exception. From her home of Hollywood comes this song that was originally featured in "Animal Crackers". In the movie it was sung by Margaret Dumont, Groucho Marx, and the chorus (the instrumental version later became the theme to Groucho's TV show.) We are fortunate to have Glenn Walters singing, with some wonderful horn parts written by Nik Phelps, of Sprocket Ensemble fame.

"Open the Door" - perhaps our favorite polka ever recorded is Johnny Prytko's version of this song. We know we could never top him, but we sure had fun playing it. This features one of the world's great tuba solos, by Zach Spellman, and also some harmonica from Sam Barry (brother of humorist Dave Barry).

"Padam, Padam” - this is a French waltz originally recorded by Edith Piaf. If you listen carefully, you can hear Kit Robberson playing viola da gamba. This is about a woman driven mad by her lost loves. She hears the song of her past – “padam” is the sound it makes, beating in her head like a wooden heart.

"Clari-nyet Polka" - it is a requirement that all polka bands play this song. Really. They make you do it. Hoping to avoid hefty fines and possible jail time, we recorded this song even though we have no clarinet in the band. Hence the title.

"Madre de un Soldado" - this was originally recorded as "Padre de un Soldado" by Flaco Jimenez. Written during the Vietnamese war, it is timely again. It is the song of a mother praying for the safe return of her soldier son who is fighting in a foreign land. Arwen de Castellanos sings the harmony vocal, Val Romero, Jr., adds some button accordion, and Jorge Liceaga plays the baja sexto.

“Sakkijarven Polka” – a little something for the Finnish surfers in the audience. We had Eric Lenchner add some surf guitar to this Finnish folk song, and we like the combination. A little historical note: the Smithsonian claims that the Finnish Army used this song to jam Russian radio signals during the Finno-Russian wars. At one point they played it for three days straight. We like the song a lot, but frankly, we're glad we weren’t there.

"Boys in the Back Room" - this is another polka from Hollywood. Marlene Dietrich sang it in the immortal "Destry Rides Again".


Reviews


to write a review