Live at 3pbs radio

by JOHNNY CASINO

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To witness Johnny Casino on stage is to witness a man in perfect harmony with the spirit, narrative and essence of rock’n’roll. Head thrown back, sweat pouring from his forehead, his liberally tattooed arms thrashing, plundering riff after glorious riff. Others may pretend, but Casino is the real deal.
In late 2008 Casino and his Melbourne tribe of Secrets – James Saunders, Cris Wilson and Michael Evans – wandered into the studios of Melbourne’s PBS public radio station, ostensibly to play four or five songs on Phil McDougall’s Sunglasses After Dark radio show. Like a rock’n’roll version of mathematical induction, for every brilliant song another was born, until the studio finally called time 45 minutes later.
Live on PBS captures Casino’s set in all its potent glory – from the heavy Chuck Berry riffage of ‘Cowboys and Indians’ and ‘Brother Grahame Says’ to the pounding take on Bob Dylan’s ‘Ballad of a Thin Man’ and the plaintive ‘Can’t Find My Way Thru the Door’. In ‘I Am Who I Am’, Casino pleads the integrity of his case: “I am who I am, not who you want me to be.” Meanwhile, the weight of emotion in ‘Nothing Left to Hide’ demolishes any suggestion of artistic pretence.
After a suitably spirited take on Greg Cartwright’s ‘Stop and Think It Over’ – cut down to four minutes from its customary eight- to 10-minute live mark – it’s down to the water’s edge for a baptism of rock’n’roll fire in ‘Take Me Down to Your River’. The set concludes with a cover of The Saints’ ‘Messin’ With the Kid’. It’s as powerful as the fiery rhetoric of a head-strong youth challenging the institutions of authority – and just a little bit more.
As with any Johnny Casino set, the end is tinged with disappointment: if only the moment could exist in perpetuity then all might be good in the world. But then we’d have nothing left to look forward to. P.Emery.

JOHNNY SPITTLES, AKA JOHNNY CASINO, is a legend in the Australian underground rock & roll scene, partly from leading the 90s power rock act ASTEROID B-612 and partly due to a series of records with his bands EASY ACTION and the SECRETS. Live On 3PBS, a live radio session produced by a DJ fan, sums up his later career quite nicely. Casino’s M.O. is essentially to take rootsy melodies and song structures and rock the blankety-blank out of them, like the MC5 playing the STEVE EARLE catalog. So while it’s easy to lose oneself in the simple bash-and-crash of “Take Me Down to Your River,” “Nothing Left to Hide” and “I Am Who I Am, Not Who You Want Me to Be” (especially given the great, raw guitar sound from Casino and co-axeslinger JAMES SAUNDERS), there’s substance beyond goodtime rockin’ for those who want it. “Can’t Find My Way Thru the Door,” an introspective ballad, definitely proves there’s more to Casino than gritty blare. The band also happily rips through some favorite covers – the presence of songs by BOB DYLAN, the SAINTS, the ANIMALS and the COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS give strong clues to the mindset in which Casino resides. Live On 3PBS is a perfect sampler of Casino’s artistic vision, and an open door through which new neighbors can easily find their way.

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released July 1, 2010

Recorded live in Melbourne at 3PBS radio
Songs written by John A Spittles , unless noted

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Johnny Casino, anywhere, anytime. This man has one musical fault – he’s too fucking good !BEAT MAGAZINE

Classy, rocking and cinematic, with sweeping vision, individualism , big, bold and brassy sounds occasionally bitter and always engaging.BARMAN I94 BAR

Johnny Casino should be playing upper-middle-class booze orgies to loosen up and wreck soon to be career women !VILLAGE VOICE New York City
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Track Name: Cowboys and Indians
COWBOYS AND INDIANS (John A Spittles)

Fly the plane into the west they say the time is now
Cowboys and Indians are gunna make the sound
Well i cant see in front of me cant stand up from falling down
But i believe in truth and a certain sound
Killer Ken made the call and he told me how
Blazin Brad and Mister Hall are gunna lay it down
We turned em up it turned us on , we drove to the river town
We made em move their feet with that certain sound
Twist and shout into the night and play it loud and proud
I´ll sing my song and make that sound thats gunna shake em down
There was a kiss from Emily that drove and spun me round
She said we made her more with that certain sound
Track Name: I am who I am
I AM WHO I AM, NOT WHO YOU WANT ME TO BE (John A Spittles)

I am who I am not who you want me to be
And I stand where I stand and you see what you see
I cut and I bleed you find that so hard to believe
I am who I am not who you want me to be
You see me stand and fall you seen this before
Yeah i stand and fall and you have seen that before
I cut and bleed cut and bleed yeah
I am who I am not who you want me to be I AM
Track Name: The Ballad of a thin man
Written by Bob Dylan
Track Name: Brother Grahame says
BROTHER GRAHAME SAYS (John A Spittles)

Sweet May wontcha pour me a drink in a long tall glass
Antonio Maria Gerardo Laura too lets make the goodtimes last
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Wednesday night Sala Carabel , in Palencia i found
A heart so big a smile so warm and eyes so brown
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Somedays time keeps slippin away
and every once in a while you hoped it would stay
Track Name: Can´t find my way through the door
I CAN´T FIND MY WAY THRU THE DOOR (John A Spittles)

What do you do when your lonely?
Cant find your way to the door
Walking down streets that once felt warm
The cool wind will chill to the bone
what would you say if you seen me
when sometimes words seem to fall
i´d like to feel what i once felt before
but i cant find my way thru the door
sometimes i feel you near me
sometimes i feel so alone
sometimes i feel what was there before
but i cant find my way thru the door
Track Name: Stop and Think it over
Written by Greg Cartwright and originally performed by The Compulsive Gamblers
Track Name: Take me down to your river
TAKE ME DOWN TO YOUR RIVER (John A Spittles)

Take me down to your river and let me get in
I feel your cool cool water and i wanna swim
It´s time i got a drink from your loving cup
Take me down to your river and let me get in
Track Name: Outcast
Originally performed by The Animals
Track Name: Messin with the kid
Written by Ed Kupper and Chris Bailey and originally performed by The Saints