|The Rat Pack - Boys Night Out|
|Written by Will "the Thrill" Viharo|
It's official—Bogey never saw this coming, but The Rat Pack is a now and forever a recording group. A band, like the Beatles or the Stones or Led Zeppelin or Nirvana. Except they had more Italian, Black and Jewish members, which made them relatively progressive.
They never actually put out any albums together during their JFK/Vegas hey-hey-heyday, but via the magic of creative compilation, we can fix that. This latest collection of the boys swapping numbers (like their stage act, sans the often painful banter) is smart enough to include some of their lesser-exposed numbers, like Frank doing the title tune and his snappy version of "Ol' Macdonald" (you'd be surprised), Dino getting ethnic with "Grazie, Prego, Scusi" and Sammy giving the Chairman what-for with his own take on "The Tender Trap".
You also get Frank and Dean's duet on the Broadway anthem "Guys and Dolls" and all three chiming in on "We Open in Venice". All in all, a solid addition to any Rat Pack completist's library, and another great introduction for the uninitiated who still think Soderbergh's Mickey Mouse Club is the real Ocean's 11. Or 12. Just give me the original 3, and make it a double, on the rocks.
Will "The Thrill" Viharo is a freelance writer, host of the film series “Forbidden Thrills” at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, and creator of the long running cult movie cabaret “Thrillville.” He lives in Alameda, CA with his wife Monica “Tiki Goddess” Cortes and their two cats. His pulp novels “A Mermaid Drowns in the Midnight Lounge,” "Chumpy Walnut," and "Down a Dark Alley" are now available at http://stores.lulu.com/willviharo For more please surf over to www.thrillville.net