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One Track Mind

Railroad Jerk

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Marcellus Hall's rootsy vocals on One Track Mind blended with the band's bluesy instrumentation to create a stellar indie rock album. The band's take on roots rock could be a genre all its own, as no other band was quite as gritty yet catchy during the mid-'90s era. "Bang the Drum" is a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-spiced rocker. "What Did You Expect" has a folky, back-porch feel before it transforms itself into a gutsy and direct track. On "Forty Minutes," Hall laments about his impending death, narrating his final wishes. "The Ballad of Railroad Jerk" is the tale of the band's turbulent attempt to swim upstream in an industry that often fights against trailblazers like Railroad Jerk. The band's confident sound is filled with a kind swagger, especially on tracks like "Help Yourself" and "You Better Go Now." The sound calms down on "Some Girl Waved," which is followed by the bass-driven album-closer "Zero Blues." Guitarist Alec Stephen, bassist Tony Lee, and drummer Dave Varenka round out the quartet. The album was recorded at New York City's Tin Pan Alley Studios in 1994. Matador Records released One Track Mind in 1995.
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1
Gun Problem
00:03:57

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

2
Bang The Drum
00:02:46

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Warner Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

3
Rollerkoaster
00:05:09

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

4
Riverboat
00:03:50

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

5
What Did You Expect?
00:04:50

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

6
Home = Hang
00:03:50

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

7
Forty Minutes
00:04:28

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

8
The Ballad of Railroad Jerk
00:05:30

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

9
Big White Lady
00:02:39

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

10
Help Yourself
00:04:25

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

11
You Better Go Now
00:04:04

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

12
Some Girl Waved
00:03:31

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

13
Zero Blues
00:04:15

Tony Lee, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher - Railroad Jerk, MainArtist - Marcellus Hall, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Alec Stephen, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Varenka, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records 1995 Railroad Jerk under exclusive license to Matador Records

Album Description

Marcellus Hall's rootsy vocals on One Track Mind blended with the band's bluesy instrumentation to create a stellar indie rock album. The band's take on roots rock could be a genre all its own, as no other band was quite as gritty yet catchy during the mid-'90s era. "Bang the Drum" is a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-spiced rocker. "What Did You Expect" has a folky, back-porch feel before it transforms itself into a gutsy and direct track. On "Forty Minutes," Hall laments about his impending death, narrating his final wishes. "The Ballad of Railroad Jerk" is the tale of the band's turbulent attempt to swim upstream in an industry that often fights against trailblazers like Railroad Jerk. The band's confident sound is filled with a kind swagger, especially on tracks like "Help Yourself" and "You Better Go Now." The sound calms down on "Some Girl Waved," which is followed by the bass-driven album-closer "Zero Blues." Guitarist Alec Stephen, bassist Tony Lee, and drummer Dave Varenka round out the quartet. The album was recorded at New York City's Tin Pan Alley Studios in 1994. Matador Records released One Track Mind in 1995.
© Stephen Cramer /TiVo

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