Blue Pariah

Big Rude Records
Release date
1 Jan 1996
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 7th Avenue Revisited 3:12 4,109
2 Cold Steel Hammer 4:00 1,846
3 Night of the King Snake 4:44 695
4 Swing Baby! 3:23 1,876
5 3 Drunks at Last Call 2:50 1,528
6 Sliverman 4:49 606
7 Girl in the Pink Canoe 3:11 1,279
8 The Artist 4:46 2,633
9 The Diner 4:05 1,724
10 Blue Pariah 6:25 2,204
11 Lovesick Lullabye 7:38 918

About this album

This is the second Big Rude Jake album, and a strange one at that. Blue Pariah was designed to push the limits of the neo-swing movement of the late 90’s. More than any other BRJ CD, this album mixes the raw elements of blues, jump, jazz, swing, cabaret, ska and punk in a way that no one could imagine at the time. It was designed to be the “alternative” swing album, for people who really wanted something different.

The album was rejected by purists and embraced with powerful enthusiasm in the alternative rock scene. The song “Swing Baby!” is still a big fan favorite, and was, at the time, a radio hit in the Detroit area, even though Big Rude Jake had no distribution deal in the U.S. at the time. Considered by many to be a “true classic,” this amazing CD utterly transcends the era in which it was produced.

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