Beer And Fun And Rock 'n' Roll

by Tommy And The Rockets

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"This shit rawks!!" - Ed Stasium (producer/engineer The Ramones, The Smithereens, The Talking Heads, Mick Jagger)

"10 blasts of melodic sunshine seamlessly melding The Ramones, The Beach Boys and bubblegum. Play it loud!" - John M. Borack, Goldmine Magazine

"[T]he songs are...the essence of the Beach Boys, Rockpile and The Ramones all rolled into one." - Richard Rossi, Powerpopnews.com


SHORT BIO
Veteran Danish multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/rocker Thomas Stubgaard (The Lingertones, The Hitchcocks) has teamed up with New Trocaderos' songwriter/producer Michael Chaney to bring fans this debut release featuring 10 original RnR ass-kickers.

Chaney's songs have yielded three 'Coolest Song in the World' honors from Little Steven's Underground Garage, the world's premiere rock 'n' roll radio station, including two with The New Trocaderos, and most recently, "Girl Band," a tune he penned for Norway's The Dahlmanns.

Last fall, Stubgaard, a New Trocaderos fan, found himself with a stash of great, melodic hooks and took a flyer, contacting Chaney out of the blue to ask that they write a song together. Chaney loved the melodies, and within days "Take My Advice" and "Beer and Fun and Rock 'n' Roll" had been written. Those songs quickly led to others and before long, the ten original rockers that make up this album were recorded. Guitarist/songwriter/lead singer/drummer Brad Marino (The Connection, The New Trocaderos) heard the demos and agreed to play drums. Guitarist/songwriter/recording & mixing engineer Geoff Palmer (The Connection, The New Trocaderos, The Kurt Baker Band, The Guts) jumped in to engineer the recording of the drums and percussion. Final musical touches were added by keyboard master Kris "Fingers" Rodgers (The Dirty Gems, The Connection, The New Trocaderos, The Kurt Baker Band), and the album was mixed at Friar Park East by Geoff Palmer.

"The Ramones were my first musical heroes," said Stubgaard. "I read about Ed Stasium's work with them when I was a little kid. I am SO honored he took the time to listen to this record and digs it. I'm blown away."

If you're into The Ramones, Rockpile, The New Trocaderos, The Connection, The British Invasion, The Beach Boys ... this is a 'must have' record for you. Click on the links to hear for yourself while you check out the pre-release reviews below. RnR! And thanks!

REVIEWS
"Tommy and The Rockets are the 1963-65 Beach Boys reborn in 2016 Denmark - armed with supremely infectious melodies, harmonies to die for, and a stack of Ramones singles. If you remember rock n' roll radio, this is your new favorite band! With contributions from the creative minds behind The Connection and The New Trocaderos, Denmark's Tommy and The Rockets carry out a like-minded mission to fill the world with good time power poppin' rock n' roll. The band's debut takes us to a world where young love and fun in the sun reign for eternity. Which song is the hit? All of 'em! " - Lord Rutledge, Faster And Louder Blog

"Tommy And The Rockets play r-r-r-real Rock & Roll!" - Bill Kelly, Little Steven's Underground Garage & WFMU Radio

Michael Chaney has a penchant for writing short, energetic pop gems, so much so that he’s earned Little Steven’s Garage “coolest songs in the world” recognition several times (Most recently with Kurt Baker, Geoff Palmer and Brad Marino as Los Trocaderos). As Tommy & The Rockets, Chaney teams up with Thomas Stubgaard to create Beer & Fun & Rock ‘n’ Roll, a release that one might describe as the perfect sound for summer.

Just like Billy Bremner’s “Loud Music In Cars”, the songs on Beer & Fun & Rock ‘n’ Roll have that carefree vibe that demands that you put the top down and crank the volume. It’s the essence of the Beach Boys, Rockpile and The Ramones all rolled into one.

Irresistible Beach Boys harmonies start from the opening title track and into “Here Comes Summer”, a song that’s basically one big hook from start to finish. The tempo change is a nice touch here. You’ll hear The Ramones in tracks like “What Am I ‘Sposed to Do” and “You Want Me But I Don’t Want You”.

Other highlights are “Take My Advice”, a lyrical gem about a pair of sisters, and “Need Your Love” a classic 3 minute rocker.
Richard Rossi - www.powerpopnews.com/2016/tommy-rockets-beer-fun-rock-n-roll/

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released April 23, 2016

TOMMY And The ROCKETS Are:
Thomas Stubgaard: All vocals, guitars*, bass, and handclaps, all recorded at Rocket Launch Studios, Odense, DK

With Special Guests:
Brad Marino - Drums and percussion**
(www.the-connection.bandcamp.com)
Kris "Fingers" Rodgers - Keyboards (www.krisrodgersmusic.bandcamp.com)
Bente Helgeneseth - Backing vocals on "Take My Advice"

*Guitar solo on "You Want Me" played by Dave Strong
**Percussion on "Here Comes Summer" by Geoffrey C. Palmer
All drums and percussion, and guitar solo on "You Want Me", recorded by Geoffrey C. Palmer at Friar Park East, Rochester, NH

All songs written by Michael Chaney and Thomas Stubgaard
(except "You Want Me" by Michael Chaney)

Produced by Michael Chaney and Thomas Stubgaard
Engineered by Thomas Stubgaard
Mixed by Geoffrey C. Palmer at Friar Park East, Rochester, NH
Mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering, Milwaukee, WI
(www.mysteryroommastering.com)

Graphic design by Dan "Bashie" Larsen (www.bashcorpo.com)
Photo by Lysser Andersen

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Veteran Danish multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/rocker Thomas Stubgaard (The Lingertones, The Hitchcocks) has teamed up with New Trocaderos' songwriter/producer Michael Chaney to bring fans this debut release featuring 10 original RnR ass-kickers.

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Track Name: Beer & Fun & Rock 'n' Roll
BEER & FUN & ROCK 'N' ROLL

I used to play guitar in a rock ‘n’ roll band,
And the girls wouldn't leave me alone,
The cretin hop, the blitzkrieg bop,
Now and then one of my own,
Dancin', prancin', later on romancin',
On the amp in the back of my van,
Fallin' in love for an hour or two,
Next night do it again,

(Chorus)

Part of me really misses those nights,
Didn't have a care in the world,
Beer and fun and rock 'n' roll,
Till along came a special girl,

She was tall and thin and a whole lotta men,
Cleared away to let her walk on by,
After my set, she said it's time we met,
Let's go, boy, your place or mine?
We talked all night, we got so tight,
Ya know I’m still with her today,
But once in a while, I think with a smile,
About the girls who led me astray,

(Chorus)

(Solo)

My girl’s cool, she’s nobody’s fool,
She knows I miss rockin’ at night,
She said, go man go, play a few shows,
Ain’t gonna make me uptight,
I know you’re mine, it’ll be just fine,
I know I’m not taking a chance,
But just in case, I say to your face,
No matter what, boy, it stays in your pants,

(Chorus x 2)
Track Name: Here Comes Summer
HERE COMES SUMMER

Here comes summer, gonna catch some waves,
School is over, no more tests and grades,
Park my Woodie, with all the kids' cool rides,
Building castles, that crumble with the tide,
Wee ooh wee ooh,
Wee ooh wee ooh,

Start the party, we hope it never ends,
Surf and sunshine, hangin' out with friends,
String bikinis, up and down the beach,
Shapely ladies, always within reach,
Wee ooh wee ooh,
Wee ooh wee ooh,

(Chorus)
Barefoot in the sand,
We were walkin' hand in hand,
Into the night, night, night,
In the moonlight by the cove,
You were holdin' me so close,
It felt so right, right, right,
Aaaahhhh...

(Solo)

Here comes autumn, headed back to school,
Goin’ steady, feelin' really cool,
We'll be dancin', at the senior hop,
Play the jukebox, the music never stops,
Wee ooh wee ooh,
Wee ooh wee ooh,

(Chorus)

Graduation, will soon be here at last,
Then the summer, gonna have a blast,
The beach is calling, gonna catch a wave,
With my baby, time to misbehave,
Wee ooh wee ooh,
Wee ooh wee ooh,
Wee ooh wee ooh,
Wee ooh wee ooh,
Track Name: Need Your Love
NEED YOUR LOVE

(Chorus)
Baby I need your love,
Baby I need your love,
Every day in every way,
Baby I need your love,
Baby I need your love,

When we kiss it's total bliss for me,
When I'm home, all alone, I feel like a detainee,

Baby I need your love,
Baby I need your love,

When you're gone, I struggle through the day,
I love you so, don't ever go away,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Ya walk that walk,
Ooh that walk,
And ya baby talk to me,
Ya drive me wild,
I'm like a child,
I forget my A B Cs,

(Solo)

Let's pack a bag, we'll run away tonight,
We're broke I know, but love will keep us tight,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,

(Chorus)
Track Name: Silly Teenage Love
SILLY TEENAGE LOVE

It started out as puppy love,
A silly teenage kinda love,
Then you went and found another boy,
I started actin’ like a fool,
Immature and so uncool,
But at the time I felt destroyed,

Now a lotta years've passed,
I think of questions never asked,
I think of things I wanna say to you,
We were young and I was dumb,
Now I’ve grown up to become,
A guy who lives by the golden rule,

(Chorus)
But it doesn’t seem I’ll get the chance,
To say these things to you,
A random evening happenstance, that might just lead to true romance,
Isn’t gonna come out of the blue,

(Bridge)
So I'll sing the things I might have said,
In this song to you,
You'll live on inside my head,
What else can I do,

(Solo)

Maybe when we’re old and gray,
On a crowded street one day,
I'll see a face and wonder if it's you,
I'll double take and you'll look back,
Then we'll both stop in our tracks,
Memories and feelings breaking through,

(Chorus 2)
And who knows what might happen then,
Despite the time that’s passed,
I wanna think we’d fall in love, fit together hand in glove,
And have our silly teenage love at last,

It started out as puppy love,
A silly teenage kinda love,
It started out as puppy love,
A silly teenage kinda love,
It started out as puppy love,
A silly teenage kinda love,
It started out as puppy love,
A silly teenage kinda love,
Track Name: Miss You So Much
MISS YOU SO MUCH

Oh, oh, oh, oh,
I miss your touch,
I, I, I, I,
I need you so much,
I know,
Why we drifted apart,
I was a fool,
Now it's breakin' my heart,


(Chorus)
Please come back to me I can't go on,
Alone I'm only half a man, my mind is nearly gone,

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Should have made you my world,
Why, why, why, why,
Did I see other girls,
I know what's right,
But I did wrong instead,
I'll never know,
What got into my head,

(Chorus)

(Solo)

I fantasize,
Of a knock on my door,
You take me back,
Whoa, oh, oh, oh,
We soon embrace,
And I promise my love,
You hold me tight,
Oh I can't get enough,

(Chorus)

Oh, oh, oh,oh
I miss you so much,
Oh, oh, oh,oh
I miss you so much,
Oh, oh, oh,oh
I miss you so much,
Oh, oh, oh,oh
I miss you so much,
Track Name: What Am I S'pose Ta Do
WHAT AM I S'POSE TA DO

I’m so done with all of your crap,
You’re on the town, not takin’ a nap,
Each new lie’s a kick and a slap,
What am I s’pose ta do,

We used to have a whole lotta fun,
I used to be your number one,
Watch out girl, you better run,
What am I s’pose ta do,

(Chorus)
I miss the days when you would gaze,
Into my eyes with love and praise,
Now my mind’s a crazy maze,
What am I s’pose ta do, alright,

(Solo)

Your cheatin’ ways really take the cake,
How could I make such a bad mistake,
It’s time to take a permanent break,
What am I s’pose ta do,

(Chorus)

I’m so done with all of your crap,
You’re on the town, not takin’ a nap,
Each new lie’s a kick and a slap,
What am I s’pose ta do,

We used to have a whole lotta fun,
I used to be your number one,
Watch out girl, you better run,
What am I s’pose ta do,

Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop bop, bop,
Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop bop, bop,
Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop bop, bop,
What am I s’pose ta do,
What am I s’pose ta do,
What am I, what am I, what am I, what am I,
What am I s’pose ta do,
What am I, what am I, what am I, what am I,
What am I s’pose ta do?
Track Name: Take My Advice
TAKE MY ADVICE

Sha-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la,
Sha-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-laah,

She’s the wreckage, of too many pills and booze,
A little devil, nothing but bad news,
Borrow money, never pay you back,
Troublemaker, prob’ly doin’ crack,

Take my advice my friend,
Stay away from her,
Don’t treat her nice my friend,
She’ll only take advantage of you,

Twin sister, sweet as she can be,
A little angel, happy and carefree,
She’s a cutie, hold ya close all night,
She's a pleaser, never gets uptight,

Take my advice, my friend,
She's the girl for you,
Don’t think twice, my friend,
She's always gonna be true,

(Bridge)
Take my advice,
Better listen to me,
Take my advice,
Better listen to me,
Take my advice,
She’s the girl for you,

(Solo)

One sister, talkin’ trash all night,
The other sister, always treat you right,
Hesitatin’, when it’s time for you to pick,
Why ya waitin’, don’t act like a dick,

Take my advice, my friend,
Don't be a fool,
Don’t think twice, my friend,
Good love is waiting for you, you, you, you,

(Bridge)

Sha-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la,
Sha-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la,
Sha-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la,
Sha-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la, ooh-la-la-la-la,
Track Name: Mommy's Little Girl
MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL

Cheerleader, so pretty,
Won’t date me, a rebel hippie,
Musician, rock ‘n’ roller,
She gave me, the cold shoulder,
Until she saw me play,

Front row, stage center,
Five feet from my Fender,
Big smile, she’s dancin’,
I’m trippin’, what’s happenin’,
It feels like a dream,

(Chorus)
Her parents say I’m just a punk, I got no pedigree,
But she gets all up in their face, she said she'd kill for me,
My buddies can’t believe their eyes, no matter how they try,
The hottest girl, at our school, is walkin’ by my side,

(Bridge)
She’s found a brand new crazy world,
So long to mommy’s little girl,

(Solo)

Time passed, love blossomed,
I tell her, she's awesome,
Tight jeans, she’s a rocker,
No more, Betty Crocker,
Her cheering days are gone,

(Chorus 2)
Her parents say we’re useless punks, no future they can see,
But my girl laughs right in their face, she said she'd die for me,
My buddies can’t believe their eyes, it really blows their minds,
The hottest girl, at our school, is gonna be my bride,

She’s found a brand new crazy world,
So long to mommy’s little girl,
She’s found a brand new crazy world,
So long to mommy’s little girl,
Track Name: You Want Me (But I Don't Want You)
YOU WANT ME (BUT I DON'T WANT YOU)

(Chorus)
You want me but I don't want you,
You want me but I don't want you,
You want me but I don't want you,

Skanky girl in a sleazy bar
Married guy decides to score
Cheap motel was right next door,

Stripped down, drank up, did the deed,
Drank more and I smoked some weed,
Passed out cold at half past three,

(Chorus)

(Solo)

Woke up, girl gone cash gone pants gone,
Shirt gone, shoes gone socks gone smokes gone,
Keys gone, car gone beer gone phone gone, too,

Walked home, went in there's my wife,
She said baby take a hike,
I smell where you been all night,
Somethin’ in your head’s not right,

You want me, but I don't want you,
You want me, but I don't want you,
You want me but I don't want you,
You want me, but I don't want you,
You want me, but I don't want you,
You want me but I don't want you,
Track Name: Time To Rock
TIME TO ROCK

Pay attention girl I'm talkin' to you,
Time to put on yer dancin’ shoes,
The band's rockin', ya snooze and ya lose,
Get outa that seat, don’t want no excuse,

(Chorus)
It’s time to rock,
Get up, get outa your seat,
Time to rock,
Get up, get outa your seat,
It’s time to rock,
Get up, everybody rock ‘n’ roll,

I’m fired up, but yer cryin’ the blues,
Don’t know what’s the matter with you,
Rock ‘n’ roll got ahold of my soul,
Come on girl, let the good times roll,

(Chorus)

Little kids, and old folks, too,
Everybody wearin’ their blue suede shoes,
Shake a leg girl, I’m dancin’ alone,
It’s way too early, you ain’t goin’ home,

(Chorus)

Guess you must’ve had a couple of drinks,
Everybody saw you take a leak in the sink,
It’s good to see, you’re over your sorrow,
Shakin’ and jivin’ like there ain’t no tomorrow,

(Solo)

A gang of bikers, showed up at the dance,
All the guys were crappin' their pants,
The biggest thug had a knife and a chain,
You kicked him in the nuts, said let's party again,

(Chorus)

Sun's up, but I'm rarin' to go,
On fire, above and below,
Come on girl, let's put on a show,
Where we stop, nobody knows,

(Chorus)