A musical master strikes again: Andy Prieboy has released three new tracks in addition to the five he previously put out, some of which were featured on Revenge of the 80s last month.
During our interview with Prieboy in November, he said he prefers to release music this way rather than in a regular album/CD format as most other artists do. The latest creations go from the tragic to the sarcastically celebratory.
With “From Pauper to a King,” Prieboy tells the tragic story of a man who had nothing, was blessed with riches and power and squandered everything through his own misuse of his gains. His vocals may sound dark and somewhat gothic on the surface, a few more listens to the track offer one a chance to empathize with the sorrowful figure — a talent that Prieboy has that had always solidified an edge to his music. His haunting keyboards in the background help bring out the feelings of the tragic figure as Prieboy adds references from Shakespeare and Ancient Mythology to strengthen his story.
While he made us sympathize with the man featured in “From Pauper to a King,” we get an opposite perspective in “Hearty Drinking Men.” The song starts off as reminiscent of the songs sung by soldiers and secret society nobles of the Middle Ages as they quaff several ales and bottles of rum, luring many of us to enjoy and sing along. As Andy reels the listeners in with a rousing French Horn sound and the first lines causing one to be thinking about raising a pint of Guiness with him, he quickly attacks with a left-hook of disdain toward modern drunkards who act like overgrown frat-boys with lyrics like “we’re happy, high Retard-ians” and later describing the harassment of a female Guatemalan doughnut shop owner. Listening to it a few times might remind some of us about our old College days. For others, it might have been last week.Rocket Piano - Learn Piano Today! - Click Here!
Prieboy also released “Pricks Up Front Con Carne,” a new version of “Pricks Up Front” with an orchestral backing. It’s the same honest song with a more full instrumental backing that shows exactly how complex the former Wall of Voodoo frontman’s musical style is: one can put it to a rock, Americana, classical or most other genres and still have a high quality song without losing any of the intended effect or meaning to the work. Once again, Prieboy shows why he deserves a place among the great storytellers in American History — a list that includes not only musicians like Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie, but other great writers like Mark Twain and John Steinbeck.
Edwin Vacek, who had previously crafted some interesting videos for Andy Prieboy’s new music for YouTube users, has two more. The first one is for “Hearty Drinking Men:”
This one is for a song not yet available for sale on Andy Prieboy’s site. This is “The Fate Awaiting Thee:”
As always, great work, Edwin!
About the Author: This is Chris Cordani, host of the "Revenge of the 80s" Radio Show 709pm Fridays (premeireing on March 14th on Q99.1FM). This blog and the show are here so we can relive the decade where New Wave, thin ties and cheap sunglasses were king. The show is also simulcast on wtbq.com.