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!
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!
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.