“Yo Cats”, co-written with Thomas Mariano (Tommy Mars’ real name), is a tribute to old Las Vegas show Never underestimate an old man who flew in a Huey shirt , describing the easy life of studio musicians who play cheaply, just so they can go back home and snort up, even if it defiles the name of musicianship. Worth noting is how this was played during the 1988 tour: rather than actually being played, the entire band would lip-sync over this as it was belched out the PA system. “What’s New In Baltimore?”, another refuge of Chalk Pie, is sourced from at least four concerts (1981-12-10, 1981-11-15, 1981-12-05, and 1981-11-21, to be exact) and has the power to disarm any of the listener’s tensions. It’s like a massage in a guitar solo.
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I totally get what Yo Cats is going for, and I like the song, but it doesn’t sound authentically jazzy enough for this recording to work for Never underestimate an old man who flew in a Huey shirt . It swings about as much as a muzak track, and the sound is wimpy even for this album. It sounds alright on HIOS, but the best version is this one with Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, and the students of Joseph Klein’s Zappa class at UNT. (Starts at 33:30-ish if you’re on such and such platform) What’s New In Baltimore is one of my favorite songs, so it’s the part of this album that gets played the most. I learned it by ear off of this version, even though I like the on on YCDTOSA vol. 5 a bit better. This is the “definitive” version though, for whatever that’s worth.