The Hype Page
I know I have a lot of songs to choose from and things can get a bit overwhelming at times. Well, this page will help you get your footing. Below you will find a brief introduction to all 5 of my album releases. Lyrics for all my songs can be found at the Song Lyrics page.
Songs From The Gallery (2001, 9 song demo) is my debut demo release. This is where it all began for me as a songwriter. Yes, I was scared and very unsure of things but I knew that I loved what I was doing and I wanted to make a career out of it, so I went in head first and made it happen. It is obvious that I was still finding my way as a musician, vocalist and producer, but this album is still utterly unforgettable and ripe with creativity. It includes the emotional storyline and dramatic vocals of New Orleans, the ultra experimental story telling crooner Halfway To Memphis (the debut of the sarcastic imp), the tongue in cheek oddball humor of Baby Doll (about a blow up doll), a trip down the crossroads in Dusty Road, adrift in confusion and the fear of growing older in Lost At Sea, an appearance by the devil himself in the soul searching rocker Everything, the disturbing psychopathic shadings of Take A Look Around, a dance with a vampire in Oh Desiree and the all-American anthem Sunday Morning.
Like The Freak You Are (2005, 9 songs) is my breakout 2nd Independent release. This release is a masterpiece of creativity and a must own for FoxFanatics of all ages. This release tends to be a bit more on the punk/grunge edge than any of my other releases. It includes the therapeutic musings of Have Another Cigarette, a melancholy strip club song titled Shake For Me Now (a huge underground hit, written from the perspective of a mobster with a conscience), the rebellious anthem Disgruntled, One Out Of Many is a quirky masonic money song with modern day relevance, a contemplative venture into the world beyond our imaginations in Into The Unknown, the lurking instrumental Shadows, an out of body experience in Break The Walls, an epic spirit adventure in Black Cat Saloon and the police sirens of City Streets (written from the perspective of a homeless person who is holding on to the memory of a lost love because it is all he has left). City Streets, Shake For Me Now and Shadows continue to be 3 of my most popular and downloaded songs ever!.
Crazy Like A Fox (2010/11, 13 songs) is my 3rd Independent CD release and one of my most popular and downloaded albums ever. This release includes the old school hip shaking complacent musings of "Nothin", the Punk Rock nostalgic/retro vibe of Best Days Of Your Life, the epic groundbreaking lucky voodoo song Same Old Troubles, a fun, melancholy breakup song Under The Weather,a chilling venture into the realm of immortality and painful loss in Sweet Adelaide (the music video ROCKS!), a mobster on the run in Hard Times, the mobsters tragic emise in Horrible End, take a ride with the gypsy caravan in the underground folk hit Doppelganger Blues, but beware of the blood thirsty vampire in Where's The Sun, the animated/cartoonish song Downtown pits the Foxman against corrupt public officials, Wilderness Of Mirrors is a thrilling CIA/spy song, the unbeatable playful Punk vibe of Coming For You and the slide guitar religious musings of Simple Minded. This release is a pure cult classic and vintage Foxman. To top it all off, physical copies of this CD do contain a hidden 14th track, titled Won't Be Home Again, which is about infidelity and honesty. Sweet Adelaide, Same Old Troubles, Under The Weather, Wilderness Of Mirrors, Where's The Sun & Hard Times are of some of my most popular and recognized songs ever.
Folklore & Superstitions (2013, 15 songs) is my most experimental album ever released. My goal was to create an album that would read like the old tattered pages that a title like Folklore & Superstitions would imply. This CD will play upon your imagination and tug at your soul. Haunting, funny, inspiring, thought provoking, unique and utterly unforgettable. The Freaks Waltz, Ne'er Do Well, Jingle Bells & Caroline are the 4 most recognized new songs on the CD. The album also includes remastered versions of my 2 most infamous songs Sweet Adelaide & Same Old Troubles. Here is a break down of all 15 tunes.
1) Guilty - Country/ Rockabilly tune sung from the perspective of a person who has taken on a split personality (MPD) to hide from horrible acts he has committed. The lead guitar work and chorus section are as good as it gets, very memorable. Nice clean, upfront vocals.
2) Caroline - Epic Rock song about finding a former love as a junkie living on the streets. One of the most dynamic songs on the entire Cd. The instrumentation throughout is amazing. Nice moody vocal introspective in the verses, which then give way to an exploding chorus section. The frantic build up in the solo section is another nice touch. I think I did an excellent job of getting into the character of the song and selling the drama.
3) Dead Men Tell No Tales - Folk/Rock song about the demise of a corrupt governor. The storyline is exceptional and you kind of get the feeling that I am playing the role of a reporter who is covering the story and is somewhat reluctant to say what he really thinks happened.
4) Break a Leg - A Punk Rock ANTHEM about overcoming fears. No doubt about it, this song is a classic with big time hit song potential. Don't go at it lightly, crank up the volume and love it.
5) Forget About It - This is an acoustic song about a relationship gone bad. The lyrics and emotional vocal approach will quickly win you over and tug at your heart strings. Just goes to prove that sometimes the most effective songs are the simple ones that everyone can relate to. I think I did an excellent job of capturing a mood and sharing it with everyone.
6) Spreadin The News - Bet you didn't see this one coming, talk about a complete 180. Spreadin The News is a fun Pop song about getting married. There are moments throughout the song that bring to mind old classic Hollywood movies (ex. Humphrey Bogart saying "here's looking at you kid" in Casablanca). It's a very fun song that will have everyone raising their glasses at the end .... you'll see what I mean.
7) The Freaks Waltz - Just when you think you have me pigeon holed, I step up and throw another curveball. This is a classic, well thought out, creative instruMENTAL. This song makes me think of the Godfather movies, others have mentioned James Bond and even Dexter. The change sections are unbeatable and freakishly hilarious (footsteps, girl screaming, mad cap laughter, wind chimes, etc).
8) Head On A Stick - This song will quickly be a favorite for fans of gore/macabre. I literally am talking to a head on a stick and assessing the damage/carnage that is all around, which creates a very funny scenario. It takes a lot of lyrical prowess to pull off a song like this. The musicianship is exceptional. Perfect blend of gore and humor. Due to the subject matter of this song it has been listed as having explicit lyrics, but it is done in such a playful way that I doubt most people will mind.
9) House Of Cards - BAM!!! This is one of the heaviest tunes on the entire CD (almost falls into the Metal category). The Metallica-esque intro is excellent and sets the stage well for the entire song. Everything about this tune kicks ass!! The theme of the song is the dangers of gambling. The lead character does run into some bad luck (the dead mans hand) and he ultimately goes postal and shoots up the place. The chorus section is a classic. Due to the graphic nature of the lyrics and references to guns and shooting, this song has been listed as having explicit lyrics.
10) Ne'er Do Well - Once again, another complete 180. I like to keep my listeners guessing. This song may very well be the best one on the entire CD and that says a lot. It is a Folkish/Rockabilly song about a vagrant/tramp who is walking the crossroads and questioning his faith. The lyrics are as good as it gets and I guarantee you will love this song from start to finish.
11) Jingle Bells - Yes it's true, I do Christmas songs too. The song was originally written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857 and was titled "One Horse Open Sleigh". What is unique about this version of the song is that I have chosen to use a laid back folkish approach that focuses just as much attention on the storyline/verses as it does on the renowned chorus section. I have even rewritten some of the lyrics so that the storyline is easier to follow and a bit more modern. The break sections between the choruses and verses are perfect. The song has an excellent flow from start to finish.
12) Same Old Troubles - (aka The Lucky Voodoo Song). This is one of my signature songs. It originally appeared as track #3 on his "Crazy Like A Fox" Cd (2010). It features a big band New Orleans vibe (trumpet and trombones), an unforgettable groove and exceptional lyrics/vocals. This tune is vintage Foxman at his finest and I guarantee it will put a smile on your face. In voodoo-ology the black pin referenced in the song is used to dispel negativity.
13) So Noble Kind - From lucky voodoo to a chilling ballad. "So Noble Kind" is a haunting classic about the merger of vampire and royal bloodlines. The setting takes place in a cemetery where a victim of royal lineage has been bitten and is leaving her human life behind and awakening to a life of immortality. The song is sung from the perspective of the vampire who has bitten her and is patiently awaiting her arrival. This song also works as the perfect prequel for "Sweet Adelaide"
14) Sweet Adelaide - This is it, every great CD has its centerpiece and "Sweet Adelaide" is as good as it gets. This song was originally released as track #5 on my "Crazy Like a Fox" CD. After writing "So Noble Kind", I knew that it had to be a part of the new release as well. It is a haunting love song about the loss of a loved one. A video for this song was filmed and released in 2011 and is a must see. Very chilling, perfect cinema, vintage Foxman at his finest.
15) Dance With The Devil - I chose to end the CD with a rocker. In a sense, this song acts as the follow up to the Cd's first track "Guilty". The lyrics/vocals suggest that the character is tormented and in fear of facing his final judgement. The lead guitar work in this song is excellent. Crank it up!!
The Hollywood Blacklist (2015, 17 songs) is going to blow you all away!! This is the crowning achievement of my entire career as a songwriter. The new album features 17 songs, nearly one full hour of groundbreaking music, ultra creative song themes and story lines, exceptional vocals and musicianship throughout and a few notable guest appearances, which includes legendary saxophonist Butch Thomas (played/toured with Lenny Kravitz, Sting and many others). What more could you possibly want? This CD ROCKS from start to finish. Here is a brief explanation of all 17 songs on the album.
1) Last Resort - Track #1 is always one of the most important ones on an album. Many of my songs center around contemplation and the battle of conscience between good and evil (the crossroads). I originally wrote this song while I was staying with friends in Chicago in January 2014. I was there to audition for NBC's The Voice. Life is full of highs and lows and as a songwriter those extremes can be very drastic, you just have to stay the course and believe in what you are doing and everything else will work out. I did very well with the audition, but I was told I just wasn't the type of person that they were looking for. I am a huge fan of the show and adversity motivates me to no ends ..... In February, I began working on The Hollywood Blacklist and Last Resort was the obvious place to start. Of all the hundreds of thousands of people who have auditioned for the show, I am one of the few who can say that I released my 5th album within 8 months of my audition.
2) Blood Drips - Any other fans of Criminal Minds, Dexter, Walking Dead or vampire movies out there? If so, you are going to love this song. The lyrics are unbeatable and the thirst is insatiable. I have come a very long way with my guitar playing since my debut release in 2001. The melodic/hypnotic groove and chilling vocals of this song are gonna haunt you till it hurts.
3) So Long Ago - This song marks a brand new approach in my development as a songwriter. The tune is actually only about 1 minute long, but it is very effective in setting an introspective mood and pulling listeners in. The winds in the background (recorded at my friends home in Chicago while I was there auditioning for The Voice) add the perfect background effect. I guarantee this will be one of the best 1 minute songs you have ever heard and it will echo in your heads forever after.
4) A Way Around It - Another change of pace from songs I have written in the past. The song is about overcoming obstacles in a relationship before it is too late and you wake to find that you are all alone. I did a very good job vocally of capturing the frantic/melancholy mood of the song while still maintaining a poppy groove to keep the hope alive. This song worked perfectly as a follow up to So Long Ago.
5) Won't Be Home Again - All my die hard fans out there will probably recognize this song title because it was originally the hidden 14th track on my Crazy Like A Fox CD. This is one of my favorite songs from that release and I knew I had to get it out in the open where everyone could hear it. I re-recorded the vocals and backup tracks and the results are going to blow you away. For those who are unfamiliar with the song, it is about adultery and honesty. A little bit of a renegade outlaw Country song. This song has HUGE potential !!
6) Nothing At All - Another change of pace, self reflective song. The groove of the tune is simply unbeatable (kind of a slow reggae vibe) and the vocals will pull you in and suffocate you with emotions. We have all had moments in our lives where it feels like nothing matters.
7) Going On The Run - Time to kick things up a bit. This a fun upbeat Punk Rock song about ..... going on the run. It is utterly contagious from start to finish and you will still be singing it well after the song has finished playing. Crank it up and share it with the whole neighborhood. This song also has HUGE potential.
8) Old Highway - This song was actually inspired by the episode of Sons Of Anarchy where Opie was killed (Yes, I am still pissed off about that one). I wrote the lyrics and some simple chords shortly after the show ended. I am going to catch a lot of you by surprise with the emotions (lead guitar and vocals) on this song. It has a strong bluesy groove through the verses and then opens up into one of the most catchy chorus sections you will ever hear. The lead character is basically out on the open road, sleeping from town to town and reflecting back on things while searching for answers and a way back home. This song is an epic classic and will be a favorite with many of my listeners, especially all the bikers.
9) Terrible Tale - Talk about a groundbreaking story line. This song is about a priest who has committed the worse crime imaginable and is returning home after serving a 20 year prison sentence to try and make things right. This song is vintage crossroads, the battle between good and evil and the conscience in between. To top it all off, the song features legendary saxophonist Butch Thomas (Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Thomas Dolby, Jaco Pastorius and many others). This IS a Hit Song !!!
10) C'mon Tampa Bay - Time to change things up a bit and have a little fun. I am a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Rays and this song is a 2 minute ditty about overcoming shyness and asking a girl out on a first date to a Rays game. My friends Troy & Pam Norris helped me out with the backup vocals and did an amazing job. This is a very catchy song from start to finish. Maybe if we get lucky, the song will get played at Tropicana Field. Go Rays!!!
11) Alone With You - Lets keep the fun going!! This song is an old school trip back in time. I originally wrote the song while watching the Buddy Holly movie starring Gary Busey. I have been trying for a very long time to come up with a fun catchy love song and this is it!! HUGE Hit Song !! All the ladies are gonna love me for this one.
12) You & I - Back to the crossroads we go ..... This song is another ultra-effective 1 minute mood setter. Somewhat of a love song, but you will also get you the feeling that something has gone terribly wrong. Almost like the singer is pleading, or begging for forgiveness. I did a very good job vocally of selling the drama on this tune.
13) Halfway To Memphis - This song originally appeared on my Songs From The Gallery demo release (2001). I always loved the vocals and mood of the original, but I hated the recording (especially all the vocal shenanigans with the extra characters). I knew that I had to do a remake of the song and I am glad I did. This song is a meandering venture down the crossroads that will pull you in and tantalize your thoughts forever more. To top it all off and cement its status as a massive Hit Song, Butch Thomas laid down another amazing saxophone track. I am telling you all .... this guy is a world class player!
14) Time's a Real Drag - This is one of my favorite rockers on the new CD. The song features an unbeatable retro rock vibe and kick ass lyrics. Technically it is about a street person who is fantasizing about a prostitute. I suppose for kicks the prostitute could be a drag queen, but that is not what I was picturing when I wrote the song. This song is awesome from start to finish and I even nailed another kick ass cool guitar solo !!. Crank it up and love it. This song has HUGE Hit Song potential, especially with the Rock crowd.
15) Shady Deal - Talk about cool kick ass Rock tunes, this one is a classic !! In a way, this song is kind of a carry over from Time's A Real Drag. The lead character in the song falls for someone who he knew had a questionable past (may have been a prostitute), but he let his guard down anyway and gets burned in the end (she was just another Shady Deal). This song features a lead guitar track by Dennis Stadelman (vocalist/guitarist with Tampa Bay touring band COPE), that is going to blow you all away !!! This guy is a virtuoso ! Took the song to an entirely new level. Crank It up and love it !!
-------------------- Only the first 15 songs are available as downloads ------------------
(gotta own a physical copy of the CD to hear the last 2)
16) Same Song - This may very well be the best song on the entire CD. It was the last one I recorded so I was well limbered up by the time I got to it. The song is about a person who is haunted by a song on the radio that reminds him of a former love. He is married now and has kids, and he may be wondering if he made the right decision (once again .... the crossroads). The lyrics and catchy chorus section are unbeatable. This song will be playing in your head .... over and over and over again. Hit Song !!
17) Down To The River - How about a little religious revival and a good old fashioned soul cleansing. This song is the perfect way to close out a groundbreaking album. It is a HUGE hit song and I guarantee you will be slapping your knee and singing along in no time. My parents (Joyce & Eddie) helped me out with the backup vocals. Our miniature Dachshund Suzie Q also makes a very important cameo appearance towards the end of the song.