Rogue Escapades (album)

by The Scarlet Dukes (Phil Gammage)

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Riding the crest of the late 1990s swing music renaissance, The Scarlet Dukes emerged as the most original of the east coast neo-swing combos.

Featuring Phil Gammage's original songs played in their unique jump blues style, the band were regular performers at such premier live music venues as The Five Spot (Philadelphia), The Greatest Bar on Earth at Windows on the World (New York City), Leopard Lounge at Club Bene (South Amboy, NJ), and others.

Active during the years from 1998 to 2001, they recorded a five track self-titled EP, and one full-length album “Rogue Escapades” with all twelve of its songs being Gammage originals.

The group's song "In Love Again" was featured in a national Walmart commercial in 2008.

Available here is their album, along with the long-out-of-print EP (a Bandcamp bonus exclusive). The album was produced by the always brilliant Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, etc.).

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released October 10, 1999

Produced and engineered by Gordon Raphael. Recorded at The Transporter Raum, New York, NY in 1999.

Phil Gammage - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; David Croce - bass; Martin Blazy - drums; Jimmy Goodman - vibes; Ben McGuire - sax.

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NYC based singer-songwriter and sometimes guitar slinger whose new album is "Used Man For Sale".

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Track Name: Uptown Downtown
Uptown, downtown, all around

Yeah I work and slave all day just to bring home some dough
When the moneys all been spent I need just a little bit more
But when the sun goes down I feel set free
It brings out the night crawler in me

Uptown, downtown, all around

I go to my wardrobe and get dressed up in my threads
Then in front of the mirror slick up the hair on head
When I walk out the door I’m feeling fine
I’m looking sharp in some mighty fine vines

Uptown, downtown, all around

My first stop is a joint called “Charlies” it’s my favorite place to go
Then a drink at the “Five Spot” maybe a couple of more
I’m steppin’ out to do a little dancing
And if I’m lucky a little romancing

Uptown, downtown, all around

I’m in love with the city, I feel it’s energy flow through my veins
You can keep your country living for me it’s just not the same
I’m steppin’ out to do a little dancing
And if I’m lucky a little romancing

Uptown, downtown, all around
Track Name: Hollywood
I’m going out to the west coast gonna be a motion picture star
With my talent and good looks you know I’m gonna go real far
Be the stud of the studio, a real hot ticket don’t you know

Gonna party down with Burton and Liz
baby that’s the biz
that’s the biz

I’ll be lying in the sunshine in a place where it never rains
With a gin and tonic to help relieve my pain
In a movie with Betty Grable
Best friend’s gonna be Clark Gable

Gonna party down with Burton and Liz
baby that’s the biz
that’s the biz

I’ll have a closet full of gabardine suits and very expensive clothes
But my pride and joy gonna be my silver fox Rolls
Got a poker game with Danny Kay
Later on a date with Dorris Day

When I take the stage to I accept my academy awards
Errol Flynn will hand them to me and I will swallow hard
I won’t think about how far I’ve come
Just remember where I’m from
Track Name: We Can Make It
I think we can make it just watch you’ll see
I think we can make it please believe in me
More than anything in the whole wide world we wanted to touch the sky
Our love can get through anything we never will be denied

I think we can make it so far, so fast
I think we can make it our love’s got to last
It’s gonna be a struggle every step of the way
Nothing good come’s easy, not matter what people say

I think we can make it
Just watch you’ll see

I think we can make it out of the darkness and into the light
I think we can make it our love has climed new heights
Give an inch we’ll take a mile just give us one more chance
The flamingo birds are shouting lullibies in honor of our romance

yea, yea, yea, yea, yea
I think we can make it little girl
Track Name: Ain't Got Nobody
Hey mister can you spare me a dime I’m so down on my luck
Hey mister I’ve been doing time hit town on the back of a truck
Ain’t got nobody to call my own
Ain’t go nobody to call my own
Can you please please help me where I can find some kicks
Can you please please help
I can’t lose gotta win
I can’t lose gotta win

Hey lady let’s go out tonight and have us some fun
Hey lady the moon is full and the night is still young
Ain’t got nobody to call my own
Ain’t go nobody to call my own
Can you please please show me where I can find some kicks
Can you please please show me
I can’t lose gotta win
I can’t lose gotta win

Maybe someday I’ll see the light and head on off to the stars
Until that day I’ll keep moving on all the way to Mars.
Track Name: Race With the Wind
Baby left and ran into the night
Was it something I said? We never used to fight
Come back baby, let me love you again

I can’t think straight now that she’s gone
My whole life’s a mess everything’s gone wrong
Come back baby, let me love you again

Race with the wind
Come back baby, let me love you again

I hold that woman close in my dreams
Then I wake up and it’s not like it seems
Come back baby, let me love you again

Let me open my eyes and see you at my door
I’ll make things right just like they were before
Come back baby, let me love you again
Track Name: In Love Again
Yeah I’m in love again I can feel it in my bones
Yeah I’m in love again no more being alone
I feel the sun shining down on me, no more cloudy days I’m so happy

Na na na na na na
I say na na na na na na

Yeah I’m in love again you don’t know how good it feels
Yeah I’m in love again this time it better be real
It makes me glow to know that she is mine, I wanna be with her all the time

Na na na na na na
I say na na na na na na

Love is good, love is bad, it makes you happy, makes you sad
All I know is that I’m feeling like a thousand bucks
Love is great, love is glad, it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had
All I know is that I’m dancing with lady luck

Yeah I’m in love again it seems like it’s been so long
Yeah I’m in love again it’s too right to ever go wrong
I feel the sun shining down on me, no more cloudy days I’m so happy
Track Name: Hazy Streetlights
Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown
Hazy streetlights I’m alone and feeling down
Five o’clock in the morning and the night’s fading into day
She said she’d see me at six that’s one of her tricks
I believed every word she said

Can’t have no woman cheating on me
I’ll get even just you see
Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown

Hazy streetlights she thinks she can two time me
Hazy streetlights she’s nothing but a brazen hussy
I’ve been up all night drinking and my angst has turned into rage
She ain’t no saint that’s not my only complaint
I believed every word she said

Can’t have no woman cheating on me
I’ll get even just you see
Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown

Hazy streetlights I’ll mix her favorite drink
Hazy streetlights I love her that’s what she’ll think
Then when she’s not looking I’ll pour a surprise in her glass
I went and bought me some poison, it’s strong and it will last

Can’t have no woman cheating on me
I’ll get even just you see
Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown

Hazy streetlights
Track Name: Hey Bartender
Hey Bartender!
Pour me one of those double shots, I’ve got too much to think about

Hey Bartender!
Mix me one on the rocks I’ll be right here till four o’clock

Buy the bar another round
We’re celebrating and slamming ‘em down
No light weights allowed in here
So pour the whisky, wine, and beer

Hey Bartender!
I’ll wait here and rest my mind, all I’ve got is a lot of time

Hey Bartender!
Give me a shot of your very best when I die I’ll take a rest

Buy the bar another round
We’re celebrating and slamming ‘em down
No light weights allowed in here
So pour the whisky, wine, and beer
Track Name: Going Back to Saint Louie
You’re a travelin’ gal with your microphone
One day you’re here, the next day you’re gone
Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through

I followed you up to Chicago town
Only problem was you weren’t around
Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through

You really tuned my engine you had me purring like a cat
I turned around and you’d left me – where’s that at? where’s that at?

Woke up this morning feeling sad and blue
I loved you so much what can I do?
Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through
Going back to St. Louie I’ve had enough of you

I hear you’re steppin’ out all over town
Singing those songs with the jazzy sounds
Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through
Going back to St. Louie I’ve had enough of you
Track Name: Boogie Riders
I’m jumpin
all night long

well
Catch a fire and ride us cause we’re moving on down
Dig the Boogie Riders we tearing up the town

I’m jumpin
all night long

well
Dance in the the fire that that brought you feel the heat rising from the floor
Come on Boogie Riders and we’re kicking down your door

I’m jumpin
all night long
jumpin’ till dawn
all night long

well
Let the flames lick your shoes that are moving with the beat
Onward Boogie Riders keep turning up the heat

I’m jumpin
all night long
jumpin’ till dawn
all night long
Track Name: Picking 'em Up
You can call her Sassy cause that’s her name being a free loving woman is her claim to fame
When she see a man she grabs him quick cause Sassy sure knows how to get her kicks

Rolling dice on the casino floor her eyes are peeled she’s looking to score
If some rich daddy walks her way she sees a dollar sign cause it’s her payday

Picking em up and laying em down
She ain’t no hussy but she gets around
Picking em up and laying em down
She ain’t know hussy but she works the town

Vegas, Frisco and Miami Beach she’s known all over as the sugar peach
Now sassy here likes to try her luck, roll the dice and hucklebuck

She’s a gal with a whole lot to show, she’ll give you a little but you’ll want more
Come here fella feast on her a while cause what she’s got is gonna make you smile

She dances close with her lustful man, shows him her moves as only she can
Checks out his wallet and unless it’s thick she’ll dump that heel and move on quick

You can call her Sassy cause that’s her name being a free loving woman is her claim to fame
If some rich daddy walks her way she sees a dollar sign cause it’s her payday