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!
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!
Here’s a new cut from The Du-Rites, titled “Corinthian Leather”.
Dig it on Spotify and follow us on there while you’re at it so we can go from making $0.00000000007 to $0.000000000008 next royalty statement. Ricardo Montalban would be happy.
I can guarantee it’s the funkiest thing you’ll hear all week. There’s no funk genre option on Soundcloud, Tunecore or Distrokid, so take that for what it’s worth. 7″ wax will be out next week (with “The Mean Machine” on the A-Side) so get your turntables ready!
Gonna try something new: a “digital” single…something to keep the funk flowing until we drop the next Du-Rites 45 in September (and album #3, Gamma Ray Jones, in November). If streaming is your thang, check it on Spotify.
If you want to buy it so Pablo and I can afford a chicken McNugget, buy it on Bandcamp for $1 (or more if you’d like).
Take your pick and fire up the Cadillac because this one is suitable for broughaming! Enjoy.
We’re gonna start releasing joints from the upcoming Du-Rites album (Gamma Ray Jones OST) digitally to keep things going while we wait for the next 7″ single to be pressed. Behind the scenes session / snippet of “Horse Pills,” an album cut dropping next week (July 10) on Spotify, Apple Music and all that crap. Mo’ to come! Gamma Ray Jones album drops in the fall.
We’re done! Our third offering is an album full of cop show funk themed around a lost detective show from 1972, Gamma Ray Jones. Inspired by Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin and other cop show maestros of the day, The Du-Rites decided to put our spin on the cinematic funk that only sounds good when sitting deep in Corinthian leather seats inside cars over 20 feet long. The good old days when goons and muscle wore tailored suits. Our ode to Mannix, McCloud, Harry O, Cannon, Banacek, Dan August, Barnaby Jones, McMillan & Wife, etc., if you will. Here’s a quick clips of me recording drums for a chase scene during the final recording sessions for the album. Album should be out in November, a second single in September and the first single, “Gamma Ray Funk,” is out now on 7″ vinyl and for streaming.
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The new Du-Rites 45 is now for sale! Check out our “Gamma Ray Funk” b/w “Fish Sammich” single on Bandcamp and pick up a copy (or copies) on 7″ vinyl if you dig. First single from our forthcoming third album.
Will be on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. by early next week.
On the birthday of Clyde Stubblefield by coincidence! Or maybe not. Funk on!
Here’s a snippet of “Fish Sammich,” the flip side of “Gamma Ray Funk,” the upcoming Du-Rites 45, which will be ready to order next week! It’s a loose tribute to Kool and the Gang’s “Raw Hamburgers” and it’s a non-album B-side. 45 only! Stay tuned.
It’s an album full of cop show funk. Dig it. Here’s a sample of the “chase scene,” featuring my very first full-on drum solo. Pablo told me to do it. “Gamma Ray Funk” b/w “Fish Sammich” 7″ single drops in the next week or two. Shout out to Mannix, Streets of San Francisco, Hell Up In Harlem and Ironside.