Curry Up: It’s The Tandoori Knights
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.