New York guitarist Mike Keneally moved to California and joined Frank Zappa's
band in 1987
He retained some of the master's dirty sarcasm and surreal genius
for his solo albums, that usually display his multi-instrumentalist talent
and feature one or two friends:
Hat (Immune, 1994), with Rosemary Girl, the first version of Uglytown and the 14-minute tour de force Lightnin' Roy;
the 30-song Boil That Dust Speck (Immune, 1995), with cute miniatures
like Natty Trousers;
the double-disc Half Alive In Hollywood (Immune, 1996), that
reprises (live in the studio) some of his old material, including
lengthy versions of Power To Love and Uglytown.
Sluggo! (Immune, 1997) is a compromise between all these styles.
On one hand, Keneally crafts the poppy dutties Potato, Tranquillado, and Why Am I Your Guy.
On the other hand, he indulges in the longer, more refined dynamics of
Cardboard Dog, Chatfield Manor,
Egg Zooming, Own.
His playing is on display in the instrumental I Drum-Running Am Clapboard Bound.
Notable in his discography is
Mistakes (Immune, 1995), a collaboration with experimental guitarist
Henry Kaiser, former Todd Rundgren drummer Prairie Prince and former Dixie
Dreggs bassist Andy West.
The album contains 20 songs for a total of 73 minutes.
Put the Bass In The Middle Of My Head is Henry Kaiser's show, but then
Keneally's odd melodic world takes over and the quartet indulges in the catchy
jams of Aye-Aye Monster,
Career Politicians and Waiting on Williams.
The three partners add substance to Keneally's ditties (if nothing else, they
triple the length of the songs).
35-song Nonkertompf (Exowax, 1999), all played by himself, gave keyboards a larger role.
The Beer For Dolphins have become an eight-piece orchestra on
Dancing (Exowax, 2000).
These are works that switch mood, presenting a new Keneally, less a Zappa
freak than an avantgarde composer.
His art is difficult to categorize, but generally belongs to the same
semi-serious progressive genre as
Adrian Belew's and
Gary Lucas' music (both former Zappa's sidemen).
His songs tend to sound like sprightly fragments of rock operas.
Keneally proved to be one of the most eclectic musicians in business with
the ever-changing albums of the next decade.
Dancing (Exowax, 2000) was the typical sprawling Keneally album of
Wooden Smoke (Exowax, 2001) was a mostly acoustic work, coupled with
Wooden Smoke Asleep, a CD of leftovers and assorted atrocities.
Dog (Exowax, 2004), a hard-rock album by the newly-formed Mike Keneally Band (Rick Musallam on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, Nick D'Virgilio on drums).
The Universe Will Provide (Favored Nations, 2004) was a symphonic work
performed by a 52-piece orchestra.
the Mike Keneally Band returned to jazz-rock fusion with
Guitar Therapy Live (Exowax, 2006).
Wine and Pickles (2008) compiles leftovers from the previous albums.
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