During the first recording session for this album, Tommy Wiggins quipped "This is fun, but it's expensive fun. That observation immediately became the title of Wiggins' Chilidog Records debut.
Expensive Fun covers a lot of ground, crossing musical boundaries with ease from rock to ballads, shuffles to swing. Featuring ten Wiggins' originals and strong performances by a dozen players, album standouts include the Reggae-influenced Good Love and the swing-with-an-attitude Situation Blue.
"Wiggins sings like a honky-tonk devil... highly recommended by this
discriminating ear." Twin Cities Reader
"The tunes are strong, the musicians cook, and Wiggins has an enjoyable
released January 1, 1980
VOCALS Tommy Wiggins all songs
BACKGROUND VOCALS Gail Hensley Gunderson 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 also soulful vocal solo 6 Janiva Magness 3, 4, 5, 6 Rick Johnson 9 The Ducktones 2
DRUMS: Doug James 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 Hans Gasterland 2, 4, 9
BASS Steve Strong KEYS 1, 5, 6, 7 David (Elmo) Elmeer 2, 4, 8, 9, 10 Jeff Carlson 3, 6
GUITARS Jeff "Boday" Christensen 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 also RHINO GUITAR 2, SLIDE 8, Steve Strong Keys 7 also CHICKEN GUITAR 8
ACOUSTIC GUITAR RichardGreenwood 5, 7
RHODES/PIANO Tommy Wiggins 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 The Little Guy 1
HARMONICA The Little Guy 3, 8
SPECIAL GUESTS Ed Maina: Blues Piccolo 1, Soprano Sax 5, Alto Sax 6 Bud Ludlow - Percussion arrangement 8 Dance Band Deluxe: 4, 9
Georgia, this one's for you.
PRODUCED BY TOMMY WIGGINS
Recorded at Sullivan Sound Recording, St. Paul, MN
Engineered by Peter Martinsen, assisted by Janiva Magness
Mixed by Tommy Wiggins and Mike "The Commander" Sullivan
A swell job of mastering by Chris Bellman at Allen Zentz Recording, L.A.
This record was mixed utilizing the "WEIZEL" audio enhancer.
Original LP art direction and photography: Tom Lecher
Anniversary Edition graphics Matthew Mohr.
The "I Couldn't Have Done Any Of This Without Your Support"
Award to Mike Sullivan... Thanks, Mike.
Front photo courtesy of my mom. Booklet photos by Georgia
Original Chilidog logo by J. Rosencrantz Schroeder.
Nashville’s Tommy Wiggins began writing songs by kerosene lamp in a Rocky Mountain cabin. He’s been writing, recording and
performing his own funky blend of folky, bluesy, country-funk ever since. Tommy recently bought a camper van and is writing songs along the road. New album in 2022 - "When My Brain Goes On Vacation." When your brain goes on vactation, where do YOU go?...more