Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Who'll Be the Fool Tonight" by Larsen-Feiten Band

Song#:  0296
Date:  08/16/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  29
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  This band is mainly a collaboration of two studio musicians, keyboardist Neil Larsen and guitarist Buzz Feiten. As a 19-year-old kid, Feiten join the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1969 and became a top sessions player. His list of credits are extensive and includes top artists like Aretha Franklin, Rickie Lee Jones, and Stevie Wonder. Larsen himself also has a big list of credits and the two artists first joined forces in 1971 as Full Moon. Their self-titled disc of jazz-fusion has become a kind of cult classic in some jazz circles. Nine years later, the duo dabbled in West Coast pop and became the Larsen-Feiten Band. This first single from their self-titled debut did pretty well on the chart; enough so that a second album was released in 1982 called "Full Moon," not to be confused with the 1971 band's album. The second album did not produce any chart songs and so this tune became their lone chart entry. The Larsen-Feiten Band only produced those two album, but both musicians are still racking up their session credits in addition to recording their own project.

ReduxReview:  This slice of SoCal pop runs along the lines of a Boz Scaggs tune - a little jazzy, a little bluesy, a little pop sophistication. It's a nice tune and oddly still sounds fresh. The album is a mish-mash of pop, contemporary jazz, and even funk. It all kind of works together and is certainly worthy of a listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In 1992, Feiten developed and patented a more precise tuning system for guitars. The Buzz Feitin Tuning System may already come with specific guitars and basses, but it can also be applied to others.



  1. Reminds me of Steely Dan a little bit, actually. Didn't know what to think of it, but the guitar solo really seals the deal.

  2. Chart Run: 88 - 75 - 64 - 51 - 40 - 36 - 33 - 31 - 29 - 29 - 53 - 62 - 82 - 95