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STANDOUT TRACK: No. 11, “City Boy Motor Inn,” a thrashed-out country rocker built around lead singer/guitarist Jay Filippone’s scorching Stratocaster lines, Pete “Koon Boy” Kuhn’s fiery drumming, former Beltway John Spokus’ thumping bass, and a gaggle of “wooos” and “yee-haws.” The lyrics pretty much hew to a twangily (and often group-) sung exploitation of the red-state/blue-state rift: “Get on home, city boy!”
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a mosh pit, or anything like that,” says Kuhn, 36, but “City Boy” “gets people movin’ a little bit.”
MUSICAL MOTIVATION: There’s a song Filippone, a 40-year-old city boy living in Baltimore, cites as an influence, and appropriately enough, he heard it while passing through a small town (“maybe [in North] Carolina”) during a long-ago road trip. The title was something like “Forty Miles of Back Road,” he recalls. “[The radio station] didn’t say who it was, but it was pretty cool.” Later, when reminded of Duane Eddy’s “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” he says, “I’m almost positive [that’s it]. I might even have that somewhere on…vinyl.”
DARK SIDE OF THE MOONING: According to one country boy, the Beltways and their entourage should stay within the city. Several years ago, after a gig in the Harpers Ferry area, some “rowdy” friends came, says Kuhn, and “the next morning, [one] was doing something kind of obscene or being loud.” At that point, an “older gentleman was commenting, ‘Get on back to the city, boy.’” And what, exactly, raised the old man’s ire? “I suppose if you read about it in a crime [blotter],” Kuhn says, “it might say, ‘Man exposes buttocks.’” —Joe Dempsey