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Island Mele

By John Berger

Friday, December 10, 1999


Well-crafted remakes
from Wofford


Bullet Crying In the Rain:
Steve Wofford (Aku Boy Productions - ABCD1001)

STEVE Wofford is best known for his contributions to the early Peter Moon Band and his work with composer Phil Keat. His solo album finds him doing soft rock remakes of old Top 40 hits like "Because" and the title track.

Wofford also shares new arrangements of classic Keat tunes and does a fine remake of "Hello Waimanalo."

After a 15-year absence from recording, Wofford's return will be welcomed by fans of soft rock.

Mpeg Audio Clips:
Bullet Crying In The Rain
Bullet Because
Bullet Cheri
Quicktime | MPEG-3 info

Aku Boy Productions, 91-902 Fort Weaver Road, #101, Ewa Beach, HI 96706



Bullet Frank DeLima Live at The Captain's Table:
Frank DeLima (Pocholinga PP120)

FRANK DeLima is at his best interacting with an audience. This album captures opening night of a new show. It's a great souvenir.

"Eat Rice," DeLima's version of Baz Lurhman's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) Mix" is one of the big numbers.

The rest of the set is an entertaining mix of song parodies and comic sketches with popular old bits skillfully recycled in new segments. This includes the "Star-Bulletin" remake of DeLima and writer Patrick Downs' "Lucille" parody. The out-of-sync responses by the crowd and DeLima's reactions enhance the comic impact.

David Kauahikaua and Robert Nishida provide competent support as always. DeLima has a winner here!

Mpeg Audio Clips:
Bullet Disclaimer
Bullet Eat Rice
Bullet Kahuna No. 9
Bullet Star-Bulletin
Full-length song plus lyrics in previous article
Quicktime | MPEG-3 info

Pocholinga Productions, P.O. Box 10367, Honolulu, HI 96823



Bullet Tailgate Party:
Koa'uka (MGC 1026)

KOA'UKA debuts as one of the plethora of earnest young bands with a weakness for faux-Jamaican accents and uncredited interpolations. That should suffice to get the trio play on local "island music" radio but there's more to them than that. The title song is fresh and catchy, and uptempo local reggae originals also show the guys' promise as writers. (They recorded as a defacto quartet with Kapena's Eddie Teo on drums).

The originals are more interesting than the remakes and their local reggae more polished than the earnest ballads. An exception is "Pua'alamaikalani," a name song for a beloved daughter that is more Hawaiian in form and a hint of Koa'uka's potential range.

Mpeg Audio Clips:
Bullet Tailgate Party
Bullet Pocket Change
Bullet Telephone Love
Quicktime | MPEG-3 info

MCG Records - 808-671-1771

See Record Reviews for some past reviews.
See Aloha Worldwide for locals living away.

John Berger, who has covered the local
entertainment scene since 1972, writes reviews of recordings
produced by Hawaii artists. See the Star-Bulletin's Today
section on Fridays for the latest reviews.

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