The Thin Man

The Thin Man

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeRock

The soundtrack to a debauched funeral. Sexy, dirgy, accordion- guitar rock.

Biography

Like gospel that spreads from tavern to tavern, ship to ship, town to town, the music of The Thin Man resonates outwards towards an always-heedful mass. The Thin Man's songs are midnight lullabies and daydream fantasies, literate tales that spin their maxims in tapestries of velvet chords, minor accordion keys, rousing R&B arrangements, and rollicking guitars. Infused with an inspired whiskey wit and sharp eye that careens out into the endless sea of the City, The Thin Man gives voice to the vice of observation.

The Thin Man came to life as a solo project of Kennedy Greenrod, who had left his native England, relocated to Chicago (after a stint in California) and acquired an accordion. His original vision of a one-man-band-on-a-bicycle careening down the Magnificent Mile playing Magnificent Music for the Magnificent met with grave technical difficulties and was scrapped.

Instead, The Thin Man was assembled with a cast of the best and brightest players in town (among them members of Smog and We Ragazzi) and emerged with the debut album A Cloud in Trousers. It delighted critics and audiences alike, contributing to a string of sold-out shows with The Blacks, Firewater, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, and Jim White, establishing the band as a powerful live act.

In mid-2004, The Thin Man unearthed HMS Mondegreen, a swashbuckling album that once again saw Mr. Greenrod surrounded by some of Chicago's finest musicians (members of Grimble Grumble and Manishevitz), resplendent with lap steel, cellos, trumpets, and banjos. College radio began to incessantly play HMS' tracks, and All Music Guide and Magnet led the praise parade. The current line-up of Greenrod, Saleem Dhamee, Jason LaBrosse, and Mike McGrath hit the road to increasing response.

On November 15, Contraphonic Music excitedly introduces The Thin Man's Greasy Heart. Their third album is a love-song serenade to picnics, smokers, drinkers, whiskey rivers, lost lovers, old-age, crooked tales, hangings, beatings, mischief, the City, all the stories that surround us in overlooked nooks, lost history books and backdoor bars. As Greasy Heart slithers into your own heart, The Thin Man will be coming to your town to make sure it stays for keeps.

Lyrics

Stars and Bars

Written By: Kennedy Greenrod

If stars are bars you're a cosmonaut,
a seasoned veteran of wars.
Dead soldiers everywhere,
under tables, under chairs.

Parking meters say goodnight,
you laugh and spill your guts out
just to see what was inside,
all your bosses have been fired.

Drinking ditches all night long,
falling down the apples with a song
no pillow for your head.
All you want is everything,
a maudlin choir is gonna sing for you,
and its such a pretty song.

The city's burning bright tonight,
the color of your tongue aint right,
one hundred cigarettes
will carry you to bed.

Lady luck walks to and fro,
a pendulum, a yes, a no.
In your pants a question mark
and her ass says go to hell.

Drinking ditches all night long,
falling down the apples with a song,
no pillow for your head.
All you want is everything,
a maudlin choir is gonna sing for you
and it's such a pretty song

Easy Street

Written By: Kennedy Greenrod

Take me down to Easy Street
It don't rain and it don't sleet
Take me down to Easy Street today
That cold cold wind, it won't find me
Big old ghost won't follow me
Take me down to Easy Street today

We're gonna drink a jug of wine
We're gonna dance in the warm sunshine
Everyone's gonna see
This is the place to be.
You don't have to beg my pardon
Just let your backbone slip
But don't bust a lip
Take my hand, kiss me where I stand

Everyone is pretty there
We've still got our teeth
we've still got our hair
Take me down to easy Street today.
Debt collectors aren't allowed
The sky is blue, there are fluffy clouds
Take me down to Easy Street today.

We're gonna drink a jug of wine...

Big Bad Bertha's gonna dance
In her pink beehive and her too small pants.
Skinny Jimmy's gonna have to watch his back.
There's lots to drink and lots to eat
The kids and the junkies get a bag of sweets
Take me down to Easy Street today

We're gonna drink a jug of wine...

Take me down to Easy Street
It don't rain and it don't sleet
My pockets jingle jangle all day long.
Cold cold wind it won't find me
Big old ghost won't follow me
Take me down to Easy Street today.

Discography

" A Cloud in Trousers" CD
"H.M.S. Mondegreen" CD
"Greasy Heart" CD
"Spectres" CD

Set List

We have 40 or so songs.
We usually play the standard 40 minute set but we'll play as long as people want us to.
Covers include Nina Simone, The Kinks, The Pogues, Dylan and the Band, The Fall