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

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

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock 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 nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.
  • AdrianHickman

    Nick, nice writeup.

    I’ve been following ITP since the very first. I was so thrilled to see someone who I and , yeah, I’ll say it, millions of others admire, find a way to salute the amazing creativity of the Philly music scene. Too often, people this music stops in LA and NYC. Philly has so much frakking great music and musicians who can rock, roll, and every other genre.

    Even better is that David and ITP are not afraid to go out of their comfort zones both on record and in concert. The version of Disco Inferno is tremendous, even though that genre is not in The Hooters wheelhouse.

    And his generosity during a live show in making sure every musician on stage gets the glory, acting as MC, excited fan, and balls out rocking performer while never stealing the spotlight is uniquely David.

    A live ITP is the way all live rock shows should be.

    And their championing of SETTLEMENT MUSIC SCHOOL is icing on this sweet cake.