Bells and Whistles

by Bob Russell

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Remember "yuppies"?
Done at home, 1985 or so, old-school. Portastudio (the REAL cassette one), cheesy Boss drum machine, all FX from an old Ibanez multi-pedal, synth bass, guitars taken direct.


What's the matter with baby's toy?
Such a big frown for such a little boy
Clowns and teddy bears are much too coy
He needs bells and whistles
He needs bells and whistles
In order to enjoy

Something's wrong with the clothes you wear
Although they're clean and in good repair
Still, they're lacking that certain flair
You need bells and whistles
You need bells and whistles
To really make 'em stare

What's that you say?
You don't want to play?
Bells and whistles aren't for everyone
You think that you've got something better to do?
What's more serious than having fun?

Something's wrong with the car I drive
The monthly payment's up to $405
Still, I'm not convinced that I've arrived
I need bells and whistles
I need bells and whistles
To really feel alive.


released May 1, 2017
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Bob Russell Wilmington, North Carolina

I started playing guitar in 1965 and never stopped. I've played with artists famous and not-so-famous in a variety of settings from baseball stadiums to concert halls to country bars. I taught jazz guitar at a university for twenty years, but I love and play many other styles of music. To me, Duke Ellington said it all: "If it sounds good, it IS good." ... more

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