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Re: Party at the Leper Colony

Postby Yankomaniac » Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:38 pm

I really wish they would have done Dog Eat Dog or something from Polka Party in the medley for the DVD..Then it would have eeeverything covered!
What a racket they're makin', Jack, they keep me up at night playin' their electric guitars!!

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Re: Party at the Leper Colony

Postby Skippy » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:20 am

So, I've been listening to this one recently and it's definitely grown on me. I know we generally just consider this a Bo Diddley style parody because of the beat, but that beat is so ubiquitous in rock music and there's really nothing else about the song that feels Diddley-esque to me. Then recently I saw it described as "Bo Diddley with a Springsteen flair" and it hit me: this is a Springsteen style parody, period. The Boss uses the Diddley beat a couple of times, but most notably in "She's the One" from the Born to Run album. The drums aren't as prominent as in PATLC, but this song also includes a long sax solo (a Springsteen staple anyway) and a similar piano line to Leper Colony.

The vocals are more reminiscent of "On the Dark Side," which is John Cafferty not Springsteen (but sounds remarkably like Bruce) and it wouldn't surprise me if Al did that on purpose.
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Re: Party at the Leper Colony

Postby TMBJon » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:24 am

Yeah, this is definitely at least inspired by She's The One. And supposedly, Al had asked the Big Man himself to play sax on the record but he was offended by the content and turned down the offer. The saxophone playing that is on the track, however, is very reminiscent of his solos.
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