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by The Polkaholics

A Polka-Rock Opera that tells the story of polka king Li’l Wally’s rise to Chicago polka glory and Florida sunset!
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Son of a Gun
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2. Caldwell Woods
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2:35 album only
3. Teacher
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3:55 album only
4. Division Street
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4:00 album only
5. Do It Yourself
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2:40 album only
6. Polka Superstar
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3:53 album only
7. Miami Beach
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4:10 album only
8. Sea and Sand
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3:59 album only
9. I Miss Chicago Again
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3:21 album only
10. Zakoipane Lounge Waltz
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3:11 album only
11. The Day the Polka Died
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3:48 album only
12. King of Happiness
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5:50 album only
13. If Johnny Met Wally
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Album Notes
The Who had Tommy, The Kinks had Arthur, and now The Polkaholics have WALLY! That’s right, The Polkaholics have gone operatic with the release of the polka-rock opera "WALLY!" - 12 songs based on the life and times of polka king Li’l Wally. Li’l Wally (see, revolutionized polka in the 1950s by slowing it down to a danceable tempo, which became known as the "Chicago Style." He is considered the Muddy Waters or Charlie Parker of polka. Though he retired to Florida in later years, The Polkaholics brought him back to Chicago for several memorable shows together before he died in 2006. Now, 10 years after their first polka collusion, The Polkaholics tell the story of Li’l Wally’s rise to Chicago polka glory and Florida sunset in polka-rock opera form, presenting storied-songs like "Son of a Gun Polka," "Division Street," "Sea and Sand Polka," "King of Happiness," and more. From a boy singing with polka bands at Caldwell Woods to being featured on the Lawrence Welk show and playing for the Pope at the Vatican, Li’l Wally was the Horatio Alger of polka - now his story is immortalized by his devotees, The Polkaholics.


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Heartfelt Polka Rock
"Wally!" has all the "om pah power" I've come to expect from the Polkaholics. Their full force, polka snappiness is in top form. I especially like the overall sentiment. Their admiration and genuine affection for Li'l Wally comes through clearly.
"Miami Beach" is one of my favs. Love that touch of Klez. "Do It Yourself" makes me jump around the room.
The retro cover and disc design are perfect. Add this one to your Polkaholics collection!

The bonus track

The retrographic design on case and CD is

I'm pleased to add "Wally!" to my Polkaholics collection ;-)