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Cleopatra

In The Garage

The story of Cleopatra is first a romance, then a tragedy—a tale of obsession, invention, and mortality that spirals out to include rapping cops, karate-chopping robots, and suicide-inspired religious conversions. With an interest in everything, Tommy Falcone tried anything, chasing the popular trends of the era and anticipating a dozen more: surf, soul, doo wop, girl groups, garage rock, novelties, exotica, pop, crooned balladry, teen idols, proto-punk, psychedelia, and more. Songs ranged over topics as wide as lovestruck ducks, sexual predators, and meta-commentary on the music industry itself.

Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label covers but a small fraction of Falcone’s relentless output, as hundreds of his productions were shelved immediately after completion, unheard and unreleased, scattered for decades on dusty reels and lost acetates. Cleopatra in the Garage captures rock n’ roll's turbulent first decade, with the seemingly square Falcone embracing the change and writing dozens of teen-focused curios for an endless string of one-off groups and studio-only combos.

Track List

  1. Killer Joe Piro’s Kangaroo
  2. Dick Thunder My Shadow Do
  3. The Griffins I Can’t See Nobody
  4. The Wyndows Stronger Than Dirt
  5. The Sticks & Stones The Wrong Side of My Dreams
  6. Jimmy Davis Take Back My Ring
  7. Richie Dennis Gloria
  8. The Tabbys Physical Fitness Blues
  9. The New Jersey Turnpike Boomerang
  10. Killer Joe Piro’s Lonely Little Girl
  11. Jimmy Davis I Can’t Love You Anymore
  12. The Inn Crowd I Want
  13. Tommy Manno Glug-Chug-A-Lug
  14. The Reminiscents Please Lie To Me
  15. Four Hits & A Miss She Wobbles
  16. Unknown Artist I Don’t Mind (Demo)