The final album by Uncle Sam. I just happen to stumble across this so I had
no previous review or any promotion of this release. Came out in '93 although it is noted on page 3 it was written in '91. Produced by Kim Fowley (The Runaways mentor) and Timothy T. Brannigan
(don't ask never heard of him).
Also on a new label Communique Records/Progressive International that I guess
is out of the U.S.
From what I heard this album came out after Uncle Sam's break up.
'Fourteen Women...Fifteen Days' is back to 'Heaven Or Hollywood' release.
With some demented lyrics and songs not to mention their cover art it brings
Uncle Sam more closer to sexual predators and serial killers.
Songs like 'Caretaker'
...I got myself a shovel
I got myself a pick
walking thru the graveyard
while the fog is so thick
digging up bodies
digging up bones...
to one of my favorites track the title 'Fourteen Women...Fifteen Days' isn't
about groupie exploits.
It reveals the thoughts of a serial killer.
"...I killed me 14 girls in just 15 days
defended by a word called insane
after number 7 they all looked the same
I brought the city down to its knees
I caught a bad case of the white man's disease..."
There are other tunes that are just as good such as 'Stripped of Innocence',
'Carnival Knowledge', 'Draggin the Coffin' that makes you wish they kept on
producing records. 2004 & 2006 - Update of Uncle Sam
Back in 2004 I had my evenspot website in which I dedicated a page on Uncle Sam
and received an email from Larry Miller who told me he plays in a few bands
just for fun but hasn't formed any projects at that time.
Also said original singer Scott moved to California to open a Deli but then
lost it when the big earthquake hit. After that he doesn't know what Scott is doing since
The only person I know who continued on was singer Dave Gentner
who is in The Veins that put out a few CDs. I do have 3 of them from '97 to 2008.
I don't know if they made any more. I did a search and there are a number of bands that
go by that name so I don't think they are around anymore. Larry Miller not in The Veins but has played on stage w/ them a few times.
Back 2006 I received an email from girlfriend of Bill Purol saying he was putting
together a band w/ his brother Dave from The Veins.
Second release produced by Uncle Sam and Marty Duda, this recording has some changes in
it. Some w/ the band members from what I can gather in the credits and from
any previous articles they really don't mention anyone but Larry Miller who
does the interviews for the band. From what I can gather on the CD credits
they list "All songs written by Uncle Sam (David Gentner, Larry Miller,
The new line up is:
new drummer JEFF MANN, new bass BILL PUROL, former bass player now lead vocals
DAVE GENTNER, and LARRY MILLER on guitar.
This release isn't as fast as the previous "Heaven or Hollywood" but still holds some great tunes.
I guess being more popular or maybe getting more press in England this CD
contains songs from their adventures over the seas like title song 'Letters
From London' and 'Lexington Blues'. There is quite a few sexual intended songs
such as 'Red Shirt' which is about having sex at workplace
...red shirt means you love me
short skirt means be quick
we'll sneek into the back room
before the second trick...
as for 'Crystal'
"...I'd love to slide my hands down your silky
I'd love to catch you in the rain
and if I held your back up against the wall
well, don't tell me that you'd obstain...
'Ain't No Valentino' is one of my favs and 'Good Bye Mr. Mary'
I find a number of these songs being a little mellow compared to debut "Heaven or Hollywood."
In a Kerrang review of this record they say "...while 'Room For One'
is a broken Alice before the sticky finger of Desmond Child..."
The debut album from Uncle Sam produced by Bob Martin is amazing. The sticker quote that was pasted over the "Limited Edition Cover" of the nude model
posing on the vinyl cover reads "KKKKK's...an Lp that combines the
pure and deadly delicious raw power of the original Cooper outfit at their
most frenetic, with MC5, the Stooges an maybe just a tantalizing hint of the
Cramps an the Dolls...makes Guns n' roses 'Appetite for Destruction' sound
like 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm's Greatest Hits'." - Ray Zell, Kerrang
'Heaven or Hollywood' released on Skeller label in 1987 gives you the best
release from this band. In an interview from a Kerrang article guitarist and spokesman of the band Larry Miller
says of 'Heaven or Hollywood' "...I mean, it was said that our album
could fit between 'Love It To Death' and 'Killer', but I don't think even
they could have put out an album that would fit there. I don't think anyone
The line up on the first album goes:
SCOTT CESSNA on lead vocals, G. AVERY BRISK on drums, LARRY MILLER on guitar
and DAVE GENTNER on bass.
Unfortunately vocalist Scott Cessna only appearance on this album. Bass Dave Gentner takes
over lead vocals which I will note on the following release.
'Live For The Day' starts off like a MC5 song very fast furious 2:25 time.
'Don't Be Shy' is one of my favorite tunes w/ jamming guitars. 'Alice D' is
a play on words which sounds like LSD. 'No Reason Why' is another 1:55 song
that'll just drain you. 'The Candyman' is a demented song that Alice Cooper
could of sung. 'The CandyMan' reminds me of the Child Collector from the movie
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
'Under Sedation' gives a little tribute to Alice Cooper as Scott starts reeling
'Under Sedation' he switches to singing 'Under My Wheels' then back to 'Under
Sedation'. As 'Heaven or Hollywood' was from their visit to L.A.
I first bought the vinyl then a few years later I found the CD that comes w/ 2 bonus tracks 'Steppin Stone' by The Monkees and 'Train Kept
A'Rollin' that The Yardbirds and Aerosmith cover as well.
Re-issued CD Cover w/ censored cover
Band above from left to right:
G. AVERY BRISK drums, DAVE GENTNER bass, LARRY MILLER guitar,
SCOTT CESSNA vocals
Inside Cover Booklet
Back of CD Jewel Case
Sticker posted on "Limited Edition Cover" of Original Vinyl LP