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"Disappointed In You" (Recorded Live for the Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash 2021)

by Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

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Ameripolitan rockabilly outfit Mighty Joe Castro & the Gravamen offer their soulful re-interpretation of Johnny Thunders' lament, "Disappointed In You".

From Mighty Joe Castro:
"Going down a Heartbreakers rabbit hole years ago, at a time in my life when a few former band mates and childhood friends had recently passed before their time, I came across a live version of this tune, with just Johnny and a sax player, and it blew me away. As a song, it didn’t feel fully finished but it held it’s ground with a rough honesty. I got the feeling that Johnny was singing just as much about himself as to some other person. I think any working musician or artist with a little mileage under their belt, has lost someone close to them who had so much talent, so much potential, so much heart... but in the end, they let it slip away either to drugs or depression. Sadly, I could relate.

So I was honored to be asked to participate in the 2021 Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, as part of the live stream, and knew I wanted to do this song. We took it seriously and I wanted to do it right. It was recorded completely live (no overdubs) at Miner St. in Philadelphia by Brian McTear. It was filmed by Bob Sweeney, who used 4 stationary cameras plus his handheld. For three hours of work, I think it came out pretty good.. Thank you Steve Krebs, Barry Apfel and Simone Zimmerman for including us.

These days, when I think of Johnny Thunders, I think of attitude. Swagger. Style. The guy had it in spades. But if you strip away all the drug mythology and notoriety that gets tangled up with his legacy, what you’re left with is genuine 100% New York City rock-n-roll. Not to mention the songs, which continue to stand the test of time."

Recorded/filmed live at Miner Street Recordings on June 24, 2021 for the 2021 Johnny Thunders' Birthday Bash Live Stream.


released September 10, 2021

MIGHTY JOE CASTRO vocals, guitar
DALLAS drums
H00V3R doghouse bass
MIKE STINGLE lead guitar

Recorded and mixed at Miner St. Recordings, Philadelphia.
Produced by Brian McTear.
Engineered by Amy Morrissey

Mastered by Ryan Schwabe

Written by John Anthony Genzale, JR. (BMI Platinum Songs)

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Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

From Philadelphia, PA, Mighty Joe Castro & the Gravamen is the latest musical project from accomplished collage artist & musician Mighty Joe Castro (ex-The Situation). Heavily influenced by rockabilly, '50s rock-n-roll & doo-wop, the band updates that vintage rock-n-roll sound with a modern lyrical approach & a healthy dose of post-modern guitar effects. Think Sun Records meets Creation Records. ... more

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