So my group The Du-Rites’ upcoming third LP, Gamma Ray Jones, is…you ready?…the soundtrack to a lost television detective series from 1972! Think Mannix meets Superfly, but low budget, campy and far too violent for prime time television at the time it was created. The pilot for the show was filmed, but shelved by NBC before it’s scheduled air date and was never assigned a composer for the musical side. So when the original film reels were recently discovered, Pablo and I were approached about scoring the show with our Du-Rites brand of cinematic funk! The pilot episode of this lost TV show was originally titled, “Get This Turkey Outta Here!” And it still is. Dig the trailer!
Gamma Ray Jones drops 11/23.
A Premiere of a Gamma Ray Jones Outtake!
For every album we’ve made, there’s a song we can’t get wrapped up in time for mastering for one reason or another. In 2016 it was “Moving To The Moon,” last year it was “Du-Matic!” and this year it’s “Don’t Call Me Me Pedro.” Dig it! “Don’t Call Me Pedro” is a brougham-tactic Du-Rites spin on the classic orchestral Blaxploitation sound. No plans for vinyl release, so download/stream it for something new to roll to until the release of Gamma Ray Jones in November!
In anticipation of The Du-Rites third album (Gamma Ray Jones), I did an interview with DJ Skeme Richards for Hot Peas and Butta about scoring music for ’70s cop shows and my love for the great TV sleuths and private detectives of the ’60s and ’70s. Mannix, Cannon, Columbo, Ironside, Mod Squad, Harry O, Banacek, McCloud, Dan August…you know the deal. Read a bit about the album, the process and my deep TV sleuth knowledge!
Good to be back in the woodshed with Ray Romain on Hammond B3 (and the late, great Tony Thompson’s ride cymbal).
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Behind the scenes writing session for The Du-Rites (with some help from Bassman Bill and Bongo Bruce). Gamma Ray Jones, our third LP, drops mid-November.
Very proud of The Du-Rites‘ third album in just as many years, Gamma Ray Jones. Pablo and I are honored to provide the musical score for the lost pilot episode (“Get This Turkey Outta Here”) of 1972 TV detective show Gamma Ray Jones. It sat for 46 years with no music because it was dropped by the network in favor of “Banacek,” “Cool Million,” “McCloud,” “McMillan and Wife” and other detective show comp. Apparently Gamma Ray Jones was too violent and the overhead for hospital bills and crashed Cadillacs caused network execs to drop the show. All violence was real – Gamma Ray Jones didn’t believe in stuntmen and Pedro “Gamma Ray” Jones was a real life detective in NYC, not an actor. (Zoom in on back cover in slideshow for the whole story). The album drops Nov. 23 (a week or so earlier on our Bandcamp) with Redefinition Records doing the vinyl. Hopefully the show with the music locked to film sees the light of day. Much more to come, including a mini-documentary on “cop show funk”. Suitable for broughaming!
I’m fortunate to have played drums on half this album and to be doing shows Ben and Co. Had an audition for the band in 2016, my first ever. Nervous as hell because the musicians were really good and figured at best it’d make me better at auditions. Interviewed Steve Ferrone of Average White Band earlier that day and he gave me some pointers. To my surprise I got the gig and it’s been a great ride and made me a better musician and listener. Super soul, go git it! Buy it here or stream on YouTube below.
New The Du-Rites single out today! “The Mean Machine” b/w “Corinthian Leather”. Let the stank of the Cadillac interior guide you! It’s also on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and all that stuff. But pick up the 7″ wax and be a champ. Pablo and I have been working hard to get our sound down – our third album, Gamma Ray Jones, drops this fall!