December 3, 2012
Ray Stevens: Golden LP Series, Part 32...
The contemporary habit of talking on cell phones while driving is the subject of "Hang Up and Drive". By now that habit's increased to texting while driving and doing all kinds of other things with cell phones while driving. This song was also turned into a music video experiment. The experiment I refer to was a series of music video productions that featured live action Ray singing in front of limited animation backgrounds. The project kicks off with the Cajun flavored uptempo recording of "Bon Temps Routlette". In this song we hear a wild story of casino inhabitants and a sub-plot centered around adultery and the wealthy. In "The Dog Song" Ray sings a song from a dog's point of view. A couple has broken up and the dog sets the man aside and tells him all the things he should have done to keep the woman there. "King of Christmas" is a comical story of what may happen if Elvis were Santa Claus. One of the songs that uses a lot of satirical nuance is "The Lady on the Radio". In this performance Ray sings about being embarrassed that his wife called in a love advice radio program and told the world their private issues. By song's end Ray exacts his revenge. The closing number, "No Lawyers in Heaven", has recently been a Bluegrass favorite by a number of Bluegrass groups but Ray recorded it in 2000 and it's never been made available anywhere but here. It's a story about lawyers, of course, as well as political correctness and it's impact on the legal system.
Most of the songs on Ear Candy would make their way onto a 2002 project that I'll write about later in an Extra feature. Since this 2000 release is a studio album I decided to refer to this as studio LP 32. The 2002 CD lifts a lot of the songs from Ear Candy and includes exclusive material as well. We'll talk about this 2002 release in the next installment!