Bob Dey's Tank Engine Man / Bob Dey's Dream
Album: Bob Dey's Dream   Collection:General
Artist:Bob Dey's Tank Engine Man   Added:Nov 2010

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-11-28 Pull Date: 2011-01-30
Week Ending: Jan 23 Jan 16 Jan 9 Dec 12 Dec 5
Airplays: 1 1 2 4 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 05, 2013: Stringless Balloon
Return To Party, Night It Is
4. Feb 05, 2011: Music Casserole
White Growth Gone Again
2. Jul 29, 2011: Songs: Cantan
White Growth Gone Again
5. Jan 30, 2011: The Donner Party
White Growth Gone Again
3. Feb 08, 2011: anti-heroine
Hello Party, White Growth Gone Again
6. Jan 20, 2011: The Independent Mind
Expulsion Of Delights

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-11-26
A special radio-friendly version of a 90-minute cassette tape put together by Chicago’s very own Bob Dey’s Tank Engine Man. This hilariously-narrated concept album documents the life happenings of the clueless, absentminded Mr. Talent using a medium that is half music and half spoken narration. The narration is witty as hell and the music is stellar 60’s retro revival pop songs that bring the Beatles or the Byrds to mind. Yeah, that’s right. I just RIYLed the BEATLES.

If you want to play the whole thing (highly recommended) check out the cassette located in our tapes section, because this abridged version doesn’t really do it justice. If you’re going to play this CD version play at least a few of the tracks for context, since it’s a very linear and meant to tell a story.

For what it’s worth, this is my favorite release of the year.


***1. Smooth synth and dancey drum machines with an early 60’s pop feel to it. Killer voice inflection and curt stabs of electric guitars. Slick in a wine-you dine-you crisply-folded pocket square sort of way.
**2. Goofy vocal skit about Mr. Talent arriving at the party he apparently wasn’t invited to.
**3. Midtempo poppyness with lots of jangly percussion and drum machine. Very upbeat with great vocals and subtle guitar accents.
***4. 16-second narration where Mr. Talent leaves the party.
5. One-minute narration where Mr. Talent feels ill after eating the party cake and decides to go to bed.
6. Sitar-driven track with excellent percussion and enough poppy elements to keep it singable.
***7. Narration where Mr. Talent has a cake-induced hallucination/nightmare where he goes back to the party to find it abandoned. Instead he finds a demon who haunts him, then commits hara-kiri, releasing a flood of jewels and treasures from his bowels. I know, rad, huh?
**8. Jaunty synth keyboard piece with live drums and bright, sunny chords. Great vocal samples.
9. Narration conclusion with a smooth acoustic background piece.

Track Listing
1. White Growth Gone Again   5. After Panda
2. Hello Party   6. Night It Is
3. I'm Not Sad   7. Return To Party
4. Goodbye   8. Expulsion Of Delights
  9. Thank You!