Reesa and The Rooters

Reesa and The Rooters

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Punky rock for aging new-wavers

Biography

UN-sexy. UN-cool. UN-common.

Full, 3-song CD w/ "Melt the Iceman" and "Old Boy Friend" by Reesa Marchetti plus "You Can't Talk to Her" by Alan Mann available at CD Baby.*

"If I were still hosting "Street Beat" on WMMR, Reesa's CD would be on the air! The songwriting is solid, the musicianship is polished and Reesa's voice is killer! I especially like her treatment of Alan Mann's "You Can't Talk to Her." Give the CD a listen - you won't be disappointed."
— Cyndy Drue, WMGK Radio Personality, Philadelphia

The leader of quirky '80s Philly new-wave band Reesa and The Rooters once again drives her punky pop band through a new three-song CD, "Melt the Iceman."

Although she's been compared to Blondie and the B-52s, Reesa says her sound is "punky rock for aging new-wavers."

Previously known for jumping on- and off-stage during her outrageous antics, Reesa now performs seated in a power chair. Despite being diagnosed with MS 10 years ago, she manages to keep up the same energy level and vocal power she had 20 years ago.

Reesa and The Rooters will hold a CD Release Party on Sat., Nov. 15 at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman, N.J.

*NOTE: Due to MySpace copyright regulations, we can't put the Alan Mann song here. So to get all three songs in full digital sound, please buy the Melt the Iceman CD at CD Baby or at one of our shows.

The CD starts with Reesa's original tune, "Melt the Iceman," and its slamming rock beat, '70s flashback guitar, lush harmonies and eccentric lyrics.

Reesa's fun pop organ and Randy "Dance" Bucksner's sax ride a Bo Diddleyesque beat on the second cut, "Old Boy Friend." The lyrics detail a surprising story of a middle-aged woman's memories haunting her life.

The third track on the CD, "You Can't Talk to Her," was written not by Reesa but by another Philadelphia indie artist, Alan Mann. This prolific songwriter died tragically in 1987, just when his popularity was rising. Reesa's treatment of Alan's song takes it from his straight-ahead, new-wave ska to a sensuous, smart and bubbling dance rhythm. Guest artist Randy Dance, who recorded the original with The Alan Mann Band in 1979, blows kick-up-your-heels sax on Reesa's version.

The re-formed Rooters include Reesa's previous band-mate, drummer Len Brown; bass player Ron Chinappi; and guitarist Sean Naylor. John Melinchock, also a former band member, recorded the guitar on the CD.

Backup singers are Maureen Simmons (Reesa's Elk Township, N.J., neighbor) and Renata Lea Gordon (Reesa's niece).

Reesa was born in Philadelphia, where she received classical music training as a child. Her family moved to Cherry Hill, N.J., when she was in grammar school. Later, she joined her high school folk music club and began playing in local coffeehouses.

In the 1980s, Reesa scored international underground punk-rock hits with two 7" vinyl singles: The Rooters' "TMI/Ultraman in Surf Villa" and "Casual Cat at a Laundromat" by her female rock trio, Suburban Wives Club. Both bands toured along the Eastern seaboard and were well known in the Philly club scene.

In the '90s, she released a techno-pop dance song, "Too Much Mousse," with Network 23 & Reesa.

After Network 23 disbanded, Reesa became a full-time journalist and then a Web designer. While running her own website development and hosting company, she created Relivethe80s.com, a site that documents the '80s Philly original music scene.

"Melt the Iceman" marks Reesa and The Rooters' return to the indie pop scene. So let's hitch up our adult diapers and rock out :-)

Lyrics

Melt the Iceman

Written By: Reesa Marchetti

CHO. Are you hot enough (hot enough) to melt the iceman.
Are you cool enough (cool enough) to melt the iceman.
1. Did you find what you were looking for?
Or did you leave it on the floor?
I'm the girl you saw up there on the stage
You know I'm more than just a passing phase … Play my music!
CHO. Yes I'm hot enough (hot enough) to melt the iceman.
Yes I'm cool enough (cool enough) to melt the iceman.

2. Don't be shy, you can really dance
When everybody Melts the Iceman
You can shimmy like a snake, shiver or shake
Long as you Melt the Iceman, call his name.
CHO. Are you hot enough (hot enough) to melt the iceman.
Are you cool enough (cool enough) to melt the iceman.

Instrumental Break. CHO. Are you hot enough (hot enough) to melt the iceman.
Are you cool enough (cool enough) to melt the iceman.

3. Don’t talk to me about a party
Till you Melt the Iceman with me
What's that you say, he's gone away?
But his song's still playing in my brain… Play it now!

CHO. Are you hot enough (hot enough) to melt the iceman.
Are you cool enough (cool enough) to melt the iceman.
Yes I'm hot enough (hot enough) to melt the iceman.
Yes I'm cool enough (cool enough) to melt the iceman. etc….
Hot hot hot hot enough …

Old Boy Friend

Written By: Reesa Marchetti

1. Got a good lovin' man at home
But in my mind I'm free to roam
Fantasies of love back then
Thinkin' about my old boy friend.

CHO. Thinkin' about a boy friend
Thinkin' about him
Thinkin' about love.

2. Found his number in my old book
Should I drive by just to give a look?
I remember we walked on the hill
Now I wish that time was standing still
BR. Cause last night I tried to pretend
But when I held your hand, I was thinkin' of him (Thinkin' about a boy friend)
When I kissed your lips, I was thinkin' of him (Thinkin' about a boy friend)
When I called your name, I was thinkin' of him.

CHO. Thinkin' about a boy friend
Thinkin' about him
Thinkin' about love.

3. Why should I be dreamin' of?
He gave me my first taste of love
I'll never be like I was then
Never be that young again
BR (short). Gonna write him off with one stroke of the pen
And stop singin' about my old boy friend.

CHO. Thinkin' about a boy friend
Thinkin' about him, Thinkin' about love.
Thinkin' about love (2) Thinkin' about love love love
I'm thinkin' 'bout love.

You Can’t Talk to Her

Written By: Alan Mann

(Sh … You can’t talk to her) (4)
1. She must have come down from a mountain
She must have flown out of the sky (aye-aye-aye)
The way she acts it’s so polished now
Like Paris Match she’s right on time

Like a million taxicabs her eyes take you
To a place so far away
She leaves you standing in her hallway
Then like a torch, she shows the way (whatcha)
CHO. (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her, (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her

2. You must have seen her in the movies
Or maybe on some TV screen (aye-aye-aye)
You never thought you‘d see her this way, baby
Acting like some magazine (ooh)

When you kiss it really wakes you
Like waking from some sleepless dream
But on the streets she will forsake you
She has been heard but seldom seen
CHO. (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her, (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her
look at me!)

She don’t need to look — she’s perfect.
CHO. (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her, (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her

3. Stiletto heels she moves so easy
She don’t need to talk to the other girls (aye-aye-aye)
She’ll take you anywhere you want to
Then she leaves you stranded in her world

But she ain’t impressed by all your small talk
She’s grown out of that you’ll see
She can’t talk to you at all now
She’s only listening to me (listen to me!)

CHO. (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her, (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her

If she weren’t so precious
CHO. (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her, (Whoa-oh)You can’t talk to her

Discography

Singles: TMI/Ultraman in Surf Villa, Reesa and The Rooters, 1980
Casual Cat at a Laundromat/Guru Eye, Suburban Wives Club, 1983
EP: Melt the Iceman, Reesa and The Rooters, 2008

Set List

75% original new wave, pop rock, roots rock, ska
Covers include oldies such as Bright Lights, Big City and Nervous Breakdown.