Genral Patton and His Privates have been on the Chicago music scene for ten years now. The new CD, 'Big Bully' has been making waves in Chicago, meeting with favorable reviews from such hard-to-please critics as Monica Kendrick of The Chicago Reader, Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times and the local website Chicago-Music-Scene.com. 'Big Bully' is the second CD from the Genral, (The first was called Tough Guys) both were independantly released on the Genral's own label Rok-Steady. 'Big Bully' took two long years to complete and was recorded mostly at our own CRC in Chicago and features two singles (Superman and 40) engineered by Doug McBride, known for his work with such heavies as Veruca Salt and Dovetail Joint at his studio, Gravity Studios. The finished product was mastered at Colossal Mastering and the results are worth the wait. The single, '40' (as in 40 ounces of beer for breakfast) has been receiving airplay on WIIL 95.1 out of Kenosha, WI, with all of Chicago and southern Wisconsin as an audience, and has done well enough to earn the band a half-hour live spotlight on WIIL. It aired on May 6th, 2001 at 9pm CST, and featured two live acoustic performances and two singles from 'Big Bully' and 'Tough Guys'. The band is headed up by Jim 'Genral' Patton on lead guitar, lead vocals and beer, Billy on rythym guitar, keyboards, backing vocals and beer, Adam Rebellious on bass guitar and beer, and Wendy Mecca on drums (she's also with Chicago punk outfit The Loafers) and beer. The songs are a collection of The Genral's best work to date. With themes like wanting to work the graveyard shift at some cruddy, minimum wage job (Twilight Zone), getting wasted with friends (Wasted, Fixture, Raise), quiet introspect (Water Sign), kicking the nieghborhood bully's butt (Big Bully), jaded superheroes (Superman), Arturo's (a real Mexican restaurant on Chicago's north side where we do the Margarita Dance, usually at three in the morning), incest and lechery with a poke at Jerry Springer and a heavy metal Munsters theme riff (Gypsy), and a music theory lesson (Seven), The Genral and his Privates continue to rock Chicago and will soon be touring the U.S. If you like bands like Less Than Jake, The Vandals, The Dead Milkmen, The Ramones, or Elvis Hitler then you'll love this band. Check out the tracks highlighted in green to hear four selected cuts. If you like your music heavy but a bit on the goofy side, give a listen...it's a trip through the Genral's small but humorously poigniant universe. Buy 17 copies just in case you wear out the first sixteen. We love you people, who have been with us from the start....keep on rockin and dig the new CD, 'Big Bully' available here, of course. Buy 'Big Bully' now or we'll come to your house, drink all your beer and walk your Grandma and bikini wax your dog (or is that vice-versa?) Billy and the Genral, Genral Patton and His Privates.
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