One Track Mind: The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen, “Beat Up Guitar” from Essential Songs of Philadelphia (2014)

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David Uosikkinen reunites with fellow founding members Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian for an anthematic reworking of “Beat Up Guitar,” originally the closing track from the Hooters’ folkier, more personal 1989 release Zig Zag. There could perhaps be no better concluding song for Uosikkinen’s new Philly-focused set of songs.

Called In The Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia, the forthcoming album finds Uosikkinen collaborating with a guest-packed lineup that also includes Scandal’s Patty Smyth on “A Woman’s Got the Power,” by the As, Richard Bush of As fame himself, and the Soul Survivors.

Still, “Beat Up Guitar” might be the most intriguing, with its roots in Uosikkinen’s hitmaking period with the Hooters — and its rousing sense of pride in all things rock ‘n’ roll, Philly style. Uosikkinen and his former Hooters bandmates are joined by lead vocalist Jim Boggia (Jill Sobule, Juliana Hatfield) and bassist/guitarist William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper), as well.

In The Pocket: Sessions also includes a take on “I Saw the Light” written by Todd Rundgren, who recently joined Uosikkinen and Commpany on stage for a version of “Open My Eyes.” [Stream it!: In the Pocket with Todd Rundgren.] Elsewhere, there are updates of “Disco Inferno” from the Trammps, “You Can’t Sit Down” from the Dovells; and “Change Reaction” from Robert Hazard, among others.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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