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The Havalinas

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000008GFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Havalinas were formed in 1990. It featured Smutty Smith on stand up bass, Charlie "Chalo" Quintana (Social Distortion, Cruzados) on drums and percussion (as well as back up vocals) and Tim Scott on guitar and vocals (as well as Harmonica, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Fiddle, Banjo, Keyboards, Ukulele). While this album was critically applauded, it never gained traction on radio perhaps due to its stripped down sound.

Tim Scott had paid his dues in the music business having been a member of the Rockats (a pioneering rockabilly revival group featuring Jerry Nolan (ex-New York Dolls) on drums) in 1979. Tim has solo contract in the 80's and caught a break in the late-80's when the major labels started a bidding war over the Havalinas. Described as a raucous roots band who dressed like L.A. outlaws. They toured opening for the Beat Farmers which was a great double bill, They had a great sound.

Their opening track "High Hopes" is now become a Springsteen song which is why I am reminded to finally leave a review here. Apparently, Scott first met Springsteen in 1991, at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, when he walked offstage into the darkness and held out his guitar for the band's road manager, as he always did. This time, though, the guy who took the guitar from him turned out to be Bruce. They became friends of sorts and that was that.

Tim lives in Norway today and occasionally records using his full name, Tim Scott McConnell, and has lately been performing as Ledfoot. A new album called "Black Valley Ballads" is due out in Germany in January 2014.

As for the album, the tracks are:

1. High Hopes
2. Not a Lot to Ask For
3. Fill 'Em Up
4. There Was This Mother
5. Jesus and Johnny
6. Sticks and Stones
7. Don't Feel Bad
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Went to listen to the new Springsteen and was floored that I knew the opening track word for word thanks to one of my favorite all time CDs of 1990. So many good tracks on this album, and the Havalinas were so great live! My CD was stolen out of my car years back, so would love to see it on itunes. The CD here is now priced at a sweet $194, as a rare cool thing should be I suppose.
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While there is little chance of a reunion, I really hope that Bruce's second cover of "High Hopes" will get a whole new audience to discover The Havalinas AND Tim Scott McConnell (Ledfoot). All I can tell you is that while living in LA in the late 80's into the 90's, I had the good fortune to see these guys play so many times and the shows can never be compared to ANYTHING else. Incredible musicianship, piercing social commentary and the best songs ever! Smutty Smiff (yes, it's "Smiff") was phenomenal on the stand-up bass and Charlie Quintana anchoring on the drums was fantastic. "Jesus & Johnny" was an experience all it's own when McConnell would go on a tirade mid-song and the crowd would go nuts!! Check out their live album too [Go North]. Long Live The Havalinas!!
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I discovered this band while they were supporting the Go-Go's on tour in 1990. I instantly fell in love with their sound. Sadly, the rest of the world did not, and they faded into obscurity.

Cut to December 2013 and I have moved from L.A. to N.J. (the land that begat The Boss) and I flip radio stations to WDHA and holy cr*p! It's Springsteen singing High Hopes! Well, suffice it to say I am not a fan of Bruce, but if it helps people discover this long forgotten gem, then I am all for it!
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