CD Review: The Ding-Dongs S/T [2010]

Band: The Ding-Dongs (Mark Sultan & Bloodshot Bill)
Release: 5/2010
Label: Norton

1. “Ding-Dong Party” – B+
2. “Don’t Ring, Come On In” – A-
3. “Until I Die” – B+
4. “Come On Lil Dolly” – B+
5. “She’s A Tiger” – B+
6. “Woman Cops” – A
7. “Knock Me Down” – B
8. “You Better Hide” – A-
9. “Military Mama” – C+
10. “Worried Man” – B-
11. “What’s That Sound” – A
12. “Crazy Dreams” – B
13. “Last Laugh” – B

Comments: BYODD. Bring your own ding-dong. That seems like the most logical thing to do at a “Ding Dong Party.” Bloodshot and Mark sing with such conviction that I almost forgot that the concept of such a song is total cheese. The same goes for pretty much all the tracks on this record. As you’d probably guess (judging by the ghost of Mark Sultan and Bloodshot Bill past), this is textbook Rockabilly For Dummies or Primitive Rock and Roll for Junkies. “Woman Cops” stuck in my head since I heard it first a few months ago. Walking down the street or sitting down reading a book, the words “Woman Cops, when you love to beat me” suddenly came to me. It’s such a quick song that I got a feeling of, wait a second, I don’t remember it being THIS short! Oh well! Good track. As I mentioned when I reviewed Waylon Thornton’s latest offering…there is only so much you can do within this kind of framework without really changing things up. True, a lot of these songs are just undifferentiated old school party numbers. Unless, you are listening with absolute acuity, it’s hard to argue otherwise. “What’s That Sound” is more gritty and resolute, more instantly catchy than any other track on here. To answer the song title’s question…I’ll guess pee pee. All right, so let’s get something clear: if you are a die-hard Bloodshot Bill fan, you’ll be loving this. If you are a die-hard Mark Sultan fan, but only like BB marginally (who am I talking about?), you’ll be liking this. If you don’t like anything either of the two have put out (in their respective bands), shit, you are out of luck. BUT WAIT…if I like the King Khan and BBQ Show, will I like this? Not as much as you probably wanted to. This is like Hunts Ketchup vs. Heinz Ketchup. Hunts just doesn’t match up.

Grade: B (86)

Mark Sultan – “Status”

First, there is a shit load of new information posted on Mark Sultan’s home page about all of his different projects. News, tour dates, a short video clip, and a bunch of other relevantly awesome text is located here: http://marksultan.com/news.html

Make sure to read that over because the man has so much going on for him this year.

Here is a track review of a song off Sultan’s new album $, which will be released on April 13th on Last Gang Records, a pretty large Canadian focused label that’s released stuff from the likes of Metric and Death From Above 1979.

When you listen to “Status” you might be apt to confuse it for a King Khan and BBQ Show song (Invisible Girl era to be more precise) just because it’s “bigger” sounding than most of what Mark has put out solo in the past. I don’t mean to sound like I know what’s up, but Mark said that it’s more “band-like” and that’s obvious. I do enjoy the guitar riff, but at some points the song is experimental overload (guns, horns, random pounding on drums, etc), which is humorous and fitting and a little rough on the headphones.

Grade: B