Thom Bishop | A Little Physics and a Lot of Luck

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A Little Physics and a Lot of Luck

by Thom Bishop

Timeless rock n' roll with compelling lyrics.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. What Goes Down
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2. Endless Sleep
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3. The Wireless Wonder
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4. I'm Only Sleeping
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5. That Crazy Black-Eyed Lady in the Yellow Satin Dress
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Impeccably produced, played and recorded, A Little Physics and a Lot of Luck is a timeless set of rock n' roll by one of America's finest artists


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Shelly Goldstein

Best lyricist of his generation
Thom Bishop's songs are a treasure that should be enjoyed by millions. Within his lyrics you hear the influence of such diverse artists as Dylan, Lennon, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Yeats & Kerouac. His ability to paint pictures with words is a hypnotic. He is a troubadour in the classic sense of the word rolling to the rhythm of a Rock & Roll heart. I encourage you to buy the entire CD, but if you want to start with one track, make it "The Wireless Wonder" which is a 4:22 novel brilliantly built around the power once held by a simple transistor radio to bring the world to its listeners, notably a young farm boy who dreams of tearing out of his one-horse town and seeing the world fueled by the soundtrack bursting from his "Wireless Wonder" - the radio. It is simply one of the purest and best songs every written about the rock era. "Crazy Black-Eyed Lady" is pure adrenaline Chuck Berry, "What Goes Down" is a terrific example of Thom's skillful wordplay -- and a great philosophy lesson to remember. "Endless Sleep" is another cinematic tale, a gothic horror tale composed for old skool AM radio. "The Dream Was Never Me" is pure poetry and "I'm Only Sleeping" is a haunting cover of the Lennon's 1966 song (from the UK "Revolver" LP, in the US first heard on the Beatles' "Yesterday and Today Album.) These songs are honest, true, gutsy and utterly American. If you grew up to a soundtrack of genuine R&R, you'll instantly embrace these songs as old friends. If you were born a bit too late, these songs will help explain what all the fuss was about.

Beth Perrigo

Brilliant
Thom Bishop continues to be the single most brilliant and intelligent singer/songwriter of his generation. This long-awaited album reaffirms that. He simple eclipses anyone else out there. Terrific song selection and a delivery that makes this an album that should have every music lover wonder why they don't own every album he has produced. Spread the word.

Jeff "Wally" Waluch

Rock and Roll Rebirth
Thom is an introspective writer whose vocal delivery is reminiscent of a latter day John Lennon. Big words and bigger shoes to fill, you have to hear it for yourself. He can take you to all of the happy days of your life, and remind you of the darkest. The players on this EP are all world-class and the flow of the songs reminds me of the greatest records of the 60's and 70's. Back when music said something and people listened. Take a trip down memory lane, the sound track of your life is here....Go Lights.

Jim Heald

Too long in coming...
I first heard Thom Bishop play on a beautiful sunny afternoon on the end of Navy Pier in Chicago during Chicagofest in 1978 or ‘79. He was playing with a band, or rather joined a band which was already on stage. Thom awkwardly strapped on an electric guitar. There was a sense of something in the crowd, whispers that suggested that this was almost sacrilege. Thom Bishop was going to play rock ‘n roll! With electric guitars. The audience stirred. A few left after a song or two. Shades of Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival. I had no particular expectations, except that I had heard he was good. And he was very good.

The only song from the set that I can say with any confidence that I remember was Guadalupe about a poor Latin American boy working in a Cola plant. Hardly ear numbing rock ‘n roll. Today we’d call it contemporary folk music or maybe hear it on a soft rock station. I’m sure he rocked out on a few tunes on that sunny afternoon, but it’s all a blur.

I heard him play a number of times on Lincoln Avenue and elsewhere in Chicago in the late 70’s and early 80’s, both solo or with a small ensemble. A couple of times he was just accompanied by guitar and pedal steel wizard Billy Panda.

The album seems to be, in large part, an homage to Bishop’s musical influences, particularly the music and literature of the late 50’s, with a nod to the psychedelic 60’s with Lennon’s I’m Only Sleeping.

The title track kicks off the album with piano and harmonica. It sounds straight out of an early Bruce Springsteen anthem, chugging along like Thunder Road. The drums kick in and the electric guitar fills in over the top. Towards the end we have horns added to the mix.

This is followed by a cover of Jody Reynolds’ Endless Sleep, done up as Texas Blues with some serious guitar work and wailing harmonica. The Wireless Wonder is one of two songs rescued from Thom’s 1981 vinyl debut of the same name. It’s the heart and soul of this little collection and it’s simply magic. It starts out as country-folk paean to an innocent and long-forgotten time. Just a kid and his radio at the end of the daily chores.

He breaks up the mood a little with the Lennon cover, which mixes lazy psychedelic rhythms with a harder edged rock crescendo at the end. This brings us back to the Crazy Black-eyed Lady, another blues tune, this time more horn-driven in the Kansas City style. It’s a bit of a lament about a mysterious woman that leaves you wondering and shaking your head.

The collection finishes off with The Dream was Never Me, a song about the need to be yourself and live your own dreams rather than someone else’s.

Throughout this collection, you are treated to good storytelling, top notch musicianship, fluid and penetrating vocals, and sophisticated word play. It’s about love and dreams, broken hearts and redemption. It’s been too long since the last Thom Bishop record. Buy this record. You won’t regret it.