‘Do Ya Assume I’m Sexy’ receives reggae reboot

Melissa M. Munoz

Possibly your Xmas wish listing did not contain an instrumental reggae version of “Do Ya Think I’m Attractive.” But power drummer Carmine Appice, who wrote that hit with Rod Stewart in 1978, has obtained one particular for you anyway. © Presented by Boston Herald Rod Stewart performs at Madison Square […]

Possibly your Xmas wish listing did not contain an instrumental reggae version of “Do Ya Think I’m Attractive.” But power drummer Carmine Appice, who wrote that hit with Rod Stewart in 1978, has obtained one particular for you anyway.



Rod Stewart performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City Sept. 10, 1984. (AP Photo)


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Rod Stewart performs at Madison Square Garden in New York Metropolis Sept. 10, 1984. (AP Image)

The new ”Sexy” is the advance one from “Energy Overload,” a duo album Appice lately produced with bassist/guitarist Fernando Perdomo (of Fiona Apple’s and Jakob Dylan’s bands). The solitary is out now on Bandcamp, with the album to adhere to upcoming year. For Appice, the collaboration was both a way to keep fast paced throughout shutdown — the two musicians swapped electronic data files — and to revisit the jazz-rock fusion he explored in the early ’70s, when he and Jeff Beck were musical associates. Anybody who loved Beck’s “Blow by Blow’ album (which Appice helped develop, but didn’t wind up participating in on) should really come to feel right at dwelling.

“I received turned on to the Mahavishnu Orchestra again when I was playing with Jeff, and I turned Jeff on to it,” the drummer recalled this 7 days., “But afterwards in the ’70s, you couldn’t make this form of album any longer. I tried, and the label wouldn’t launch it,”



  • a close up of Carmine Appice holding a sign


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    DEC, 26, 2020 – Fernando Perdomo and Carmine Appice. Image courtesy artists





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    DEC. 26, 2020 – The one “Do Ya Believe I’m Hot (Reggae Edition). Image bandcamp.com

Now that he’s received his personal label and studio, he can call the shots. “I just moved to Florida and turned my visitor dwelling into a studio. That is when somebody instructed me about Fernando — I read his tape and thought, This child is excellent, and he’s a supporter. Let’s see exactly where we can go with this. We started with a track that sounded like a Michael Jackson form of factor, so we referred to as it ‘Funky Jackson’, and I requested if he experienced any extra.”

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“One point that manufactured this tremendous exciting is the have to have for guitar audio in this working day and age,” Perdomo said in a separate interview. “There is anything gorgeous in the guitar staying the voice of a report. I worship artists like Steve Hackett, John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth and Gary Moore who did the exact same. We have collaborated  by bouncing ideas back and forth and inspiring just about every other to thrust our creativeness to the max. Some tracks even have been spawned by drum tracks with no audio and even iPad demos that were excellent but extremely uncooked. Carmine is a monster and It is whole joy screaming on guitar along with his thunder. I pinch myself day-to-day.”

So why redo “Sexy” immediately after all these a long time? Stated Appice, “It’s the most significant music I at any time wrote. Everybody knows it, it is a good music and I like to retain messing all over with it.” He claims the tune originally came about simply because Rod Stewart needed to sound like the Rolling Stones. “Rod would often say, ‘Can we do one thing like this?’ And on that a single he wanted anything like ‘Miss You’ by the Stones. So I wrote it in a groove like that. When we initial minimize it there was just drums, guitar and keyboard, and it was a genuinely impressive rock song. Then (producer) Tom Dowd place a huge orchestra on it, so every little thing shrinks and it didn’t have that major drum audio any longer. But it went to No. 1 everywhere you go and we stopped complaining.”

Appice was celebrating his 74th birthday when we talked on Dec. 15, but his routine is comprehensive as at any time. His two most seminal bands, the ’60s psych-steel band Vanilla Fudge and the early ’70s hefty rockers Cactus, are the two continue to likely, and were intending to tour together this 12 months. He also putting out drum instruction publications, and scheduling to unearth some classic reside recordings with Beck. “Nobody is familiar with how it is heading to operate at this stage, but I can notify you I’ll be touring once more.”

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