Curry Up: It’s The Tan­doori Knights

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by The Tan­doori Knights Cana­dian rock­a­billy Blood­shot Bill might be the log­i­cal per­son to step in and heal the rift be­tween King Khan and BBQ (Mark Sul­tan), who split up ear­lier this year af­ter a dis­as­trous Asian/ Aus­tralian tour.

Af­ter all, just this year he’s re­leased records with both — record­ing as The Ding-Dongs with BBQ and as The Tan­doori Knights with Khan. Maybe he can in­sti­gate the meld­ing of the two — a trio to be known as “The Tan­doori Dongs.”

If I had to choose be­tween the two, Tan­doori Knights would get my nod. It’s got the same spirit of lo-fi rock­a­billy za­ni­ness as The Ding-Dongs, but there’s also a fla­vor of East In­dian ex­ot­ica. (Both Knights are In­dian. Ar­ish Khan is of East In­dian her­itage, while Blood­shot Bill is Na­tive Amer­i­can. And both were born in an ex­otic for­eign coun­try called Canada.)

“Pretty Please,” which opens the al­bum, kicks off with a slow, slinky slide gui­tar. It sounds like a crude ditty be­gin­ning for what could, but never quite does, blos­som into a huge Bol­ly­wood bal­lad. Other di­a­monds here in­clude the rock­ing “Dress On,” a take­off on Mitch Ry­der’s “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “Big Belly Gi­ant,” which fea­tures a dan­ger­ous sax and a chicken-lickin’ gui­tar while the Tan­dooris sing “eeny mee­nie miney moe.”

But my fa­vorite is the sour-grapes dis­missal of Amer­ica’s old­est teenager on the song “Band­stand.” The boys protest in the re­frain, “They won’t let Tan­dooris play on the

Band­stand!” Come on, Dick, let ’ em on the show! I don’t care if Amer­i­can Band did go off the air more than 20 years ago.

Con­sumer warn­ing! I no­tice that this CD is avail­able for $23 and change from Ama­zon. But you can get it for $10 on the Nor­ton Records site, www.nor­ton­records.com/lp­s_new.php. Check out some Tan­doori Knights songs and videos at www.mys­pace.com/tan­dooriknights.

You can hear these bands on lo­cal ra­dio: I play stuff like this all the time on Ter­rell’s

Sound World, 10 p.m. Sun­days on KSFR-FM 101.1 and scream­ing on the web at www. ksfr.org. Don’t for­get The Santa Fe Opry, the coun­try mu­sic Nashville does not want you to hear, same time on Fri­days. And check out my Big En­chi­lada pod­casts at www. bi­gen­chi­ladapod­cast.com.

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