Who the Hell is John Eddie? How can you not root for a guy who sings "I guess I'm f---ing 40/That's what my mamma said/But Bruce Springsteen's f---ing 53/And the Stones… Who the Hell is John Eddie? How can you not root for a guy who sings "I guess I'm f---ing 40/That's what my mamma said/But Bruce Springsteen's f---ing 53/And the Stones… 2003-05-13 John Eddie Blues Rock
Music Review

Who the Hell Is John Eddie? (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 13, 2003; Lead Performance: John Eddie; Genres: Blues, Rock

How can you not root for a guy who sings "I guess I'm f---ing 40/That's what my mamma said/But Bruce Springsteen's f---ing 53/And the Stones are almost dead"? John Eddie had his 15 minutes in the mid-'80s, when his blue-collar, Jersey-based roots rock caught the ears of Columbia Records. The results were two LPs that went nowhere, despite a friendship with the aforementioned 53-year-old. Who the Hell is a helluva second act, full of songs that play footsie with cliche and make her shine like a honky-tonk angel, e.g., the twangy "Let Me Down Hard" (a perfect riff on breakup pathology) and the self-explanatory "S---hole Bar." CLASSIC ROCK BLUES The strangely beautiful "Play Some Skynyrd" is the sound of a bar-band lifer converting biker-dude hecklers into true believers.

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints
Advertisement

From Our Partners