Eric Friedmann and The Lucky Rubes

Eric Friedmann and The Lucky Rubes

BandRockAmericana

Guitar & vocal-based Americana/Britania rootsy rock, a la Pretenders, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, Plimsouls, Beatles, Kinks, with just enough twang to keep it sounding like California.

Biography

Eric Friedmann and The Lucky Rubes have been together since the summer of 2001, starting up in San Francisco, CA. Eric has been a fixture of the California music community since the mid-eighties, and has played in countless bands on various instruments up and down the West Coast, the Midwest, and in Europe. He has worked extensively as a producer and engineer in various studios, recording numerous local and regional bands, as well as being involved in musical productions for Comedy Central and ABC Television. In 1992 he founded Solana Records, and has recorded and released albums by some of the Bay Area's most exciting talent.

The simple, stripped down sound of the band may remind the listener of the great guitar and vocal-based artists such as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, The Plimsouls, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Nick Lowe. The songs are whimsical in sentiment and delivery, rich in tone and arrangement, evocative and respectful of the most valued traditions of real rock and roll. 2007 saw the band relocating from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area accompanied by a brand new album, playing at venues such as Tangier, The Derby, 14 Below, The Rhythm Lounge, The Blue Cafe, and The Dragonfly. They are now back in the Bay Area, having come home safely from a fruitful UK jaunt during the summer of 2008.

The CD "Telephone Girl" is available on Poison Tree Records.

Lyrics

Rocketship Nightlight

Written By: Eric Friedmann

I don't know about the things I know
Sometimes I have to double check
Some days I'm on top of the world
Some days I'm a nervous wreck
That rocketship nightlight
I'd have it back if only I could
Looking for gods but they're hard to pin down
So we make them out of funky old wood

Only once in a while
Good for the soul
Nightlight, I need you today
But don't bleed me dry

No we won't go away
No we're here to stay

That rocketship nightlight
So sorry, where did you go
I sure do need you today but
Mama tossed you a long time ago
One day the gods will look down
And smile upon what you do
With a roar they's all proclaim
"We've been waiting for a squeezer like you."

Only once in a while
Good for the soul
Nightlight, I need you today
But don't bleed me dry

I missed my flight again
Boogie's coming to get you, George.

Deadline

Written By: Eric Friedmann

Going down to The Riptide
All the heavies will be there
A friendly hand to shake
Wheel to wheel with a deadline
Take some troubles for a swim
At the edge of the western world

Holding court at The Riptide
Here's some secrets about things
You'd probably rather not know
Nose to nose with a deadline
Fling some troubles in the fire
At the edge of the western world

Sir you keep on saying that you got to go
So maybe you better go

Yeah we're wrecking The Riptide
All the loudmouths are upside down
A friendly ambulance
Toe to toe with a deadline
Stub out your troubles in the ashcan
At the edge of the western world

Yeah we shut down The Riptide
Bloody your knees on the way out
A friendly gutter bed
Heart to heart with a deadline
Take some troubles to the sea
At the edge of the western world

Sir you keep on saying that you got to go
So maybe you better go
That cab you called is here so you better go
You called it an hour ago

Sir you keep on saying that you got to go
Well maybe you better go
Seems you got yourself a poisonous glow
So maybe you better go

Telephone Girl

Written By: Eric Friedmann

Here comes Telephone Girl
There goes the rest of the world
Big Book Chick just clambered on
It's going to be noisy all day long

Right side steps going up
Right side steps going down
Right side steps going up
Right side steps going down

Shoelace Lad just paid his fare
Some teenage trauma stuck in his hair
Black Talon Boy and The Prince Of Doom
Screeching at each other from across the room

Bright line hell on your steps
Bright line hell all around
Bright line hell on your steps
Bright line hell all around

Scarf-And-Hair Lady please take your seat
Meathead Man's got a gun to eat
Python Pete's going to say his piece
Loudmouth Lady's going to slap him in the face
Maybe twice

Going to the Octomutt show
Next stop please

Runaway Man

Written By: Eric Friedmann

There was a poor man who got dealt a bad hand
Went spinning down the drain
Came up on the other end
He took it on the chin, he took it like a man
He begged the question
"Is that really all I am?"

I've been waiting all day
I've got a good feeling our fortune's going to change

Now he's just a runaway man
What's the use in slowing down
Nothing but a runaway man
You can bet he's not done yet

He said
"I don't believe in love, I don't believe in hate
If you're to be my fate I've only one thing to say
I thank you for the game, I know it's been hard
I call your sweet hand, time for me to see your cards"

I got the moon on a rubber band
I got a good feeling our luck is going to change

To speak of man in the world
In the getaway car
It's just a little unseemly

It's only just a matter of running out the door
No need to hang around
What the hell are we waiting for

Discography

Semivintage, 1994
Play Terrapin Station EP, 1995
Ultimate Love Songs, 1998
Kablooie, 2000
Telephone Girl, 2007

Set List

Our set consists of mostly original material or great songs written by friends whose bands are no longer together. We don't do as many covers as we used to, but when we do it's usually a Tom Petty or Neil Young song. Our sets are typically 45-50 minutes long for most club sets.

Typical set list:
Rocketship Nightlight
Deadline
Dead Man Shuffle
Hope You'll Be OK
Telephone Girl
Original Owner
Low Day
Back To The Hoedown
Runaway Man
You're A Fool And You Know It
Baby You Could Make Me Famous
Bullets
Jackie
Julie
Where Can I Find You
Always Wanting You
Ultimate Love Song