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Anyway, the Del Fuegos were pretty amused by the whole Paisley Underground thing, and made fun of it throughout their set. I don't remember too much about their music, but it was much more raw and wild than the stuff that later made their reputation. On their solid 1982 single "I Can't Sleep" b/w "I Always Call Her Back," they're loose and rowdy, borrowing ideas from raunchy 50s rockabilly (but not the hiccuping vocals, slap bass, and silly duck's-ass hairstyles). I remain especially fond of a song they recorded as a backing band for Beantown character Sonny Columbus, "That Punchbowl Full of Joy"—it appeared on a Christmas record put out by music tabloid Boston Rock and featured the couplet, "You can hear my knees a-knocking / I can't wait to fill your stocking."
The Del Fuegos ended up releasing four albums, and the final one, 1989's Smoking in the Fields (RCA), was cut after both Giessman and guitarist Warren Zanes had left the band. By the following year it was over. Front man Dan Zanes has gone on to have a successful career making rock for kids, and Warren got back into music after earning a few graduate degrees, recording a few forgettable solo albums. Last summer the Del Fuegos got together for the first time in 21 years—why not, everyone's doing it!—and played a couple of shows in Boston to benefit Right Turn, a drug-rehab and mental-health program founded by Giessman. They had fun, so they're still at it, in the middle of a tour that brings them to Lincoln Hall on Saturday and SPACE in Evanston on Sunday. They're putting out a new record too, which is a little mellower than the Slash releases but otherwise doesn't sound all that different. Thomas Conner of the Sun-Times recently interviewed the band, in case you want more detail about the reunion. And you can listen to a new song called "Friday Night" at the band's Soundcloud page—alas, it appears to be uploaded in such a way that forbids embedding.
A Miller beer commercial with the Del Fuegos
Joe Hinton, Funny (How Time Slips Away) (Shout!)
Bettye Swann, Bettye Swann (Honest Jon’s)
We All Together, We All Together (Repsychled/Lion Productions)
The Sea and Cake, The Moonlight Butterfly (Thrill Jockey)
Gary Higgins, A Dream a While Back (Drag City)