since Supertrampís Breakfast In America has the most
important meal of the day had its due in popular music. Jerry
Buckner serves up this ambitious concept album with help from
Mary Welch Rogers. Her classic "Waffle House Family-Part 1"
starts the day out right. This syrupy down-home welcome has
become a hockey anthem worldwide. Brilliant lyrics such as,
"Come on in. Have yourself some coffee. Thank you kindly."
Rogers also lends her talents to the light and fluffy "Iím
Going Back To The Waffle House," which milks the prodigal
son story. Itís very reminiscent of early 80ís Servant with
male/female leads backed by a cheesy male chorus. The gospel-tinged
finale "Waffle House Thank You" proves Mary Welch has
tunes are re-worked (stolen) oldies re-warmed and served as
fresh. The leftover "Waffle Do Wop" makes you wish you were
back in the fifties, only because you could probably find
better lyrics to the song back then. "Iím Cookiní"
is an overdone take on "Whole Lot Of Shakin." And Frankie
Valliís crusty "Sherry" gets scraped off for "There Are Raisins
In My Toast." I had hoped this was going to be a blues song,
as I hate raisins.
Dee Cox sizzles on "844,739 Ways to Eat a Hamburger," a Jerry
Reed styled romp that actually has a sense of humor. And "Special
Lady" is smothered in B.J. Thomas and topped with Elvis. Itís
a sordid tale of the diner-server relationship crossing the
counter. Reminds me of the old saying "I like my women like
my coffeeÖstrong, black, and bitter." Donít assume you can
save a tip by serenading your waitress with this one, trust
me on that.
day, Jerry Buckner sucks eggs. I wish I had just plugged my
coins into the jukebox for this review. At least then the
meal would have been satisfying. Whereís the struggle between
taste and cholesterol? Whereís my hashbrown skiffle? How can
they call this house music? Whatís for dinner, IHOP trip-hop?
House Family Ė Part 1"-Mary Welch Rogers
Ways to Eat a Hamburger"-Billy Dee Cox
Do Wop"-Eddie Middleton
Are Raisins In My Toast"-Danny Jones
Night at My Place"-Gary Garcia
Lady"-Billy Dee Cox
Going Back To the Waffle House"-Mary Welch Rogers and Jason
Food Fast"-Eddie Middleton
House Thank You"-Mary Welch Rogers