The Sound of Southend Keeps On Rockin’!
You have to strongly admire any artist, who may or may not be retired, but who continues recording the songs that keep coming and coming into their head regardless of any thought of Commercial success.
With no Record Company to lean on, and no savings or capitol to speak of, we have here the definitive DIY project. What’s amazing is that it’s not even a one off, it’s far too common in the 21st Century and something like Number 14 in a series of recent DIY releases.
Step forward one Mickey Jupp Esq, the man who started playing in Southend with The Orioles in 1964, the man who was signed to Stiff Records in the 1970’s and the man whose songs have been covered by a multitude of artists on both sides of the pond (and beyond).
If you want to discover who he was and what he did, then there’s a cracking book out by Mike Wade, entitled “Hole in my Pocket” the true legend of Mickey Jupp: the rock’n’roll genius who declined to be a star, available from Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hole-pocket-legend-rocknroll-declined/dp/1506088031/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mickey+jupp&qid=1582709786&s=books&sr=1-1
So, onto the here and now; his latest release contains 11 brand new songs written between October 2019 and February 2020 plus 3 previously unrecorded songs from 1997.
Mickey wrote all the songs, played all the instruments on the latest 11, and mixed and produced them all.
Not just that, he then burned the 14 songs onto CD’s on his own home PC and then wrote the sleeve notes and printed them off on his home PC/Printer.
Next, he bought loads of envelopes and put the CD’s in the envelopes and stuck stamps on the envelopes and took them to his village Post Office for all his loyal fans who pre-ordered their copies without any prior information, other than “Mickey’s got another 14 songs for your entertainment and delight”.
You don’t see Ed Sheeran or Justin Timberlake doing that; do you?
Delight is the word, as far as I’m concerned. No one comes close to writing lyrics as clever or as perceptive as Mr. Jupp, just like Willie Nelson, Sam Cooke or Buddy Holly before him, he keeps it simple but sharp and targeted to continually hit the bulls eye.
The album kicks off with “Nice and She Knew It” recalling the fascination of a school boys dream.
“Bad News Can Travel Fast” initially could be a Leiber & Stoller song from the 1950’s and then “Nothing Here For You” picks up the pace and sets a neat groove.
“Honky Tonic” is another that paints a wonderful picture whilst honkey-tonking along nicely.
Of the 3 older efforts I love “Line Dancing” like an old friend.
There’s no fillers on this album at all, and trying to select my personal favourite certainly wasn’t easy, but “I’m Gonna Have To Lie Down” just about pips it, if only because it reminds me of my own mis-spent youth.
Now here’s the thing, this album is not available in the shops or via any of the internet retailers or streamers.
If you want a copy (and I urge you to do so) then you’ll have to go direct to Mickey Jupp himself.
or via The Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/71384449470/
Review courtesy Mr Jack Kidd (Currently living in Witness Protection ….. but we don’t talk about that )
Released Feb 2020