The debut EP from San Francisco's Theme Weavers LLC, "Nothing But The Best: The Very Best of Theme Weavers LLC" (Talent Moat), features top-shelf tracks emanating from the comedy universe of "The Best Show with Tom Scharpling" and "Scharpling & Wurster Live!"
Includes newly recorded versions of the band's biggest hit, "The Best Theme for The Best Show" (heard weekly on The Best Show since 2006); a new version of The Best Show cult classic, "Rock 'n' Roll Dreams'll Come Through", featuring The Gas Station Dogs' vocalist Barry Dworkin (aka comedian/drummer Jon Wurster) and baritone saxophonist Ward Abronski (of Flipper's "Sex Bomb" infamy); "The Mike Show Theme" (theme for AP Mike's 'show within the show'); the recent Best Show contribution, "Green Room Blues", featuring a horn section led by Marc Capelle of American Music Club; and the cathartic grand piano fugue for The Best Show host poignantly titled, "Tom's Lament".
Their Best Show theme song a staple of the program for over a decade, the band made its live debut in January 2015 at the SF Sketchfest "Tribute to Scharpling & Wurster". In March 2015, they performed as the house band for the first-ever Scharpling & Wurster Live! shows at the Bell House in Brooklyn and then, in Aug/Sept 2015, as the live house band for Scharpling & Wurster's smash hit west coast tour.
Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Anthony Bedard (Hank IV, Icky Boyfriends), the band features the lead guitar work of Andy Oglesby (Hank IV, The Roofies) and a crack assemblage of SF/Oakland music scene veterans including bassist Ajax Green (The Wrong Words), drummer Russ Blackmar (Tropical Sleep), and keyboardist Alison Levy (The Loud Family).
released November 8, 2016
"Rock 'n' Roll Dreams'll Come Through" —
Barry Dworkin (Jon Wurster) - lead vocals, hand claps, percussion
Ward Abronski - baritone saxophone
"Green Room Blues"
Marc Capelle - trumpet
Tom Griesser - tenor sax, clarinet
Carroll Ashby - trombone
All songs written by Anthony Bedard (BMI) except "Rock 'n' Roll Dreams'll Come Through" written by Ted Leo, Jon Wurster, Tom Scharpling, Phil Morrison.
Engineered and mixed by Donny Newenhouse at El Studio, San Francisco, 24-tracks direct to 2" analog tape, summer 2016.
Mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Services.
Band photo collage: Geoffrey Ellis
THANKS: Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster, Mike Lisk, Michael Slaboch, Andrew Nicolau, Ted Leo, Kevin Jones, Mindy Tucker, Cynic Cave, SF Sketchfest, WFMU, and all FOTs the world over!