Posts Tagged ‘DJ Bonebrake’

Bonebrake Syncopators – Playboy’s Theme

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Hugh Hefner, who passed away this past week at the age of 91, made his first foray into television in 1959, debuting “Playboy’s Penthouse.” Filmed in Chicago, the informal variety show was set in a “house party” atmosphere. Hef needed to set the tone for this jazzy affair, so he went to his pal Cy Coleman and tapped him to write a theme song for the show. “Playboy’s Theme” would go on to become one of the generation’s defining instrumentals and has gone on to define “bachelor pad cool.”

Hefner left an immeasurable impact on American society in a multitude of areas. He was a visionary of the sexual revolution but also the social changes that roiled the 1960s. The show was the first national program where whites and blacks sat down together and partied as equals. Hef featured guests like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Gaye, and James Brown in the 1960s to great societal backlash but he never backed down (for perspective, MTV had to be pressured to air vids featuring black artists in the 1980s).

“I think Hefner helped build the audience for a different attitude about civil rights” – Mike Wallace.

This week’s version of this cocktail classic is from none other than DJ Bonebrake of legendary Los Angeles punk rock band, X!

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Contact & Licensing info:

“Playboy’s Theme” was written by Cy Coleman. Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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Skating Polly – Blunderland

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The members of Skating Polly routinely pull double duty, often swapping turns at lead vocals and instruments throughout their stellar third lp Fuzz Steilacoom and in their kinetic live shows. On this week’s Top Tune, it’s drummer Peyton Bighorse’s turn singing lead on one of our favorite tracks from the record, Blunderland. Her moving vocal in the distance erupts into something larger and more powerful, the song is always a stunner live. Peyton and Kelli recently spoke to one of their heroes (friend and fellow drummer) Kliph Scurlock of The Flaming Lips in this month’s Tom Tom Magazine:

Kliph: “So, what are some of your favorite sounding records that you will be using as inspiration or a litmus test?” Peyton: “I draw inspiration a lot from Elliott Smith and Neutral Milk Hotel and Perfume Genius. I try to do my vocals in a similar way in the sense that all three of them are very sincere and it really shows in their music.”

Speaking of musical heroes, the girls were invited by John Doe of X to be the opening act for The Flesh Eaters reunion tour which kicks off tomorrow night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. It will be the first shows in nine years from the legendary L.A. punk band which was formed in 1977 by Slash Magazine writer and Slash Records A&R man Chris Desjardins.The band features a supergroup of musicians including members of X, The Blasters and Los Lobos, the same line-up who appear on the recently reissued and critically acclaimed 1981 lp A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die. Look for Skating Polly to debut some new songs, not to be missed!

The Flesh Eaters with Skating Polly:

Jan 8 – The Observatory – Santa Ana
Jan 10 – Echoplex – Los Angeles
Jan 11 – The Casbah – San Diego

Visit Skating Polly’s online shop for tees, cds & “Alabama Movies” b/w “A Little Late” now on vinyl.

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Contact & Licensing:
“Blunderland” was written by Skating Polly. Published by Go Polly Girl Songs (ASCAP) and Melting By 40 Music (ASCAP)/Some Kind of Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. / contact: Sean McGraw / Master controlled by Skating Polly.

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Skating Polly w.The Flesh Eaters Reunion Tour

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Formed in 1977 by founding punk poet Chris Desjardins (Chris D.), The Flesh Eaters with varying line-ups put out 12 albums between 1977 and 2004. The most critically acclaimed of the bunch was the one-time “supergroup” who played on the second LP, A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die. Released in 1981, the line-up comprised some of the best musicians of the genre and the era including Chris D. on vocals, John Doe (of X) on bass, Dave Alvin (of The Blasters) on guitar, Bill Bateman (of the Blasters) on drums, DJ Bonebrake (of X) on marimbas and Steve Berlin (of Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs and Los Lobos) on sax. Receiving rave reviews from publications as diverse as The New York Times, New York Rocker, Downbeat, their unique style featured a cornucopia of influences from garage band punk to blues to jazz.

The Flesh Eaters reunited in 2006 at the request of Mudhoney to play All Tomorrow’s Parties fest in southern England and three shows in California. Nine years later the line-up has gotten back together, Skating Polly will open. Not to be missed:

Jan 8The Observatory Santa Ana
Jan 10 - Echoplex Los Angeles
Jan 11 The Casbah San Diego

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DJ Bonebrake & The Bonebrake Syncopators – Why Try To Change Me Now

Best known as the drummer and a founding member of legendary LA punk band X, DJ Bonebrake’s musical roots run deeper than many may know. Following his groundbreaking work with such iconic punk bands as the Eyes and, most notably, X (the later of which he is still a member), DJ began to further explore his love of jazz, both classic and of the Latin variety.

With his Bonebrake Syncopators, DJ has found an outlet for his passion of jazz from the early eras, and the combo has aided in his growing rep as one of the finest vibraphonists this side of the Mississippi. Joining DJ (who’s playing the vibes) in the Syncopators are Jonathan Stout on guitar, Dave Stuckey on drums, Wally Hersom on upright bass, and Jeremy Wakefield doing double duty on this track on lap steel guitar and vocals.

Cy Coleman and his first collaborative partner, Joseph A. McCarthy, wrote several classics during their time together, but “Why Try To Change Me Now” is arguably the duo’s most beloved composition. Recorded by such crooners as Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson, soul legend Brook Benton, Jazz great Elvin Jones, and most recently Fiona Apple, “Why Try To Change Me Now” is an immortal standard – a truly timeless accompaniment to a broken heart or a hearty glass of whisky. Or, most likely, both.

We are proud to present to you – for the first time anywhere – the Syncopators’ take on “Why Try To Change Me Now”…

Visit DJ and the Syncopators on the web HERE

A video of Fiona Apple’s stunning live rendition of the song can be found HERE

Contact & Licensing Info:
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. / contact:,
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) admin. by BMG Rights Management and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) / contact:

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