“Bringin It Back” ~ the Recording that Started it All


“Bringin’ It Back” is the album length demo that formed the basis of the Modern Throwbacks’ Sound. (Read the detailed story behind the Genesis of the Modern Throwbacks Sound here)

Track Listing:

1. Get out of My Way
(written and performed by Billy The Jack – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

2. Nowhere Or Bust
(written and performed by Billy The Jack – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

3. Back Seat Baby
(performed by Billy The Jack, with Thomas Mundahl: guitar solo and right side rhythm – written by Fisk, Mundahl, Koykendahl – ©2009 Schiddy Music Co.)

4. Jack
(written and performed by Billy The Jack, with Thomas Mundahl: guitar solo – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

5. You Can’t Rock Without The Roll
(written and performed by Billy The Jack – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

6. I’m A Rocker
(written and performed by Billy The Jack – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

7. I Got no Time to Waste
(written and performed by Billy The Jack, with Thomas Mundahl: guitar solo – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

8. Let’s Have a Party
(written and performed by Billy The Jack – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

9. unlisted bonus track
(written and performed by Billy The Jack with Amir Adji: horn section – ©2009 You Don’t Know Productions)

Read The Liner Notes from the Album:

Its a dilemma, finding the right path, the right Way to express one’s self through art. You can waste your time and over-analyze it all, or you could just pull it out of your butt and call it Rock and Roll — like Billy The Jack did.

If you’ve never heard of Billy The Jack before, you are not alone. Only about 0.0000000001% of the world’s populating know of him. He was first christened ‘The Jack’ by Cate Acer, a singer with Lili’s Burlesque Review. “I did a little bit of everything there,” he explained. “Oh… I didn’t perform—I look awful in pasties, and my sexy-dance… isn’t.” Billy lurked in the dark shadows backstage while the girls strutted up on stage, giving him a unique education in how to entertain an audience, things he never learned in the anger-fueled sausage punk rock party scene from whence he came.

When the time came for him to break out on his own, he thought he could transform himself into a first class entertainer, a modern day Bobby Darin or Barry White. But, he was severely deluded; the big-band went bust because he had too much crass to go with his class, and the sweet soul music flopped in a funk of playing too long in the punk rock gutter. These failures brought him to his lowest ebb, and he almost bought himself the whole farm for this.

But his story isn’t a tragedy, it is a lesson: wherever you go, there you are. You can’t change your basic nature. But you can improve upon it.

Billy has always been on the fringes of the various underground scenes—an outsider’s outsider. He is equally at home in a funky dive, red-neck honky-tonk, swingin’ jazz club, seedy punk-rock hole, cocktail party or basement bash. And he likes too much music to be constrained by any one style, any singular scene.

Now let’s go back into that gutter, and see what produced this record: all alone with a bottle of citrus wine in his hand and an electric guitar at his knee… the booze and amplifier hum singing a symphony in discordant harmony… the girl he invited over would never show… he’s picking a rockabilly riff between slugs of sweet bottled oblivion… His inebriated spirit says unto him: “I loves me a swingin’ rhythms, funky beats, great guitar riffs on overdrive, a skewed sense of humor and a show with lots of energy.” And a lightning bolt burst forth like bile in the throat!

“That’s It!” he yelled at the top of his lubricated gurgle. “Forget the one thing! Rock them all instead!” —Billy Fisk, Feb. 15, 2010.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge these people: Nadine DuBois is a first class entertainer, the best I’ve ever seen (even if I hate your guts—you stuck up biddy!) and you’ve taught me a lot about entertaining an audience, and I honestly thank you for that; Tom Krut, and Pat; Bobo, Dez and Old-Man Winter; Ian and Drew; Redghost and Drok; Zoe, Jonathan and Johnny; and anyone else I have played with before now; Colin, Arrow and Jenny for joining the band; Craig in Duluth; Bill Batson; Tom Hallet; Diablo Dimes; Amy for leaving me when she did (although I still miss little Izzy); Brenda, Dave, Jim, Dawn and the rest of the Hole Hog gang; and finally, Ollie Stench deserves a name-drop for everything he’s done for Me—and to me.

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