Monday, December 31, 1984

Steve, Bob & Rich’s Balls released this year


Steve, Bob & Rich

Released: 1984

Peak: --

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: roots rock


  1. Let My People Go-Go
  2. Nobody Knows
  3. EGBDF
  4. Kissin’ Time
  5. A Only Chile
  6. Big Fat Blonde
  7. Makes No Sense
  8. Christine
  9. Information
  10. Roll On

Songs written by Bob Walkenhorst.

The Players:

  • Bob Walkenhorst (vocals, guitar, drums)
  • Rich Ruth (bass, vocals)
  • Steve Phillips (guitar, vocals, lead vocal on “Nobody Knows”)


4.200 out of 5.00 (average of 3 ratings)

About the Album:

The three-piece bar band Steve, Bob & Rich formed in 1983. “These Kansas City rockers became an instant favorite throughout the Midwest. Soon fans stood in line to see this trio they described as ‘energetic,’ ‘intense,’ but most importantly ‘fun.’” AZ They self-produced their one and only album, Balls, in 1984. Within months, the trio signed a multi-album contract with Polygram, added drummer Pat Tomek, and became the Rainmakers, who would be hailed by Newdsay as “America’s Great Next Band.” AZ said this about the Rainmakers: “Missouri has long boasted of being the home of two of America’s greatest artists, Mark Twain and Chuck Berry. However, it wasn’t until The Rainmakers thundered into the national music spotlight in 1986, had anyone combined the guitar power of Berry with the social wit of Twain to form a unique brand of Missouri rock n’ roll.” AZ

Let My People Go-Go, Nobody Knows, Big Fat Blonde, and Information would all resurface on the Rainmakers’ self-titled debut in 1986, but appear here first in stripped-down versions. Those songs “plus other strong originals capture the band lean, hungry and in all their 3-piece glory.” AZ

“The remix and remastering makes it sound as if you are sitting in the room with the band, as most cuts were recorded completely live in the studio…No Rainmakers fan can be without this one!” AZ

Notes: A CD reissue added seven live cuts from 1985: “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Tough Boys,” “Hanging Around,” “Nasty Man,” “Rockin’ All Over the World,” “Let My People Go-Go,” and “Switchblade.”

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First posted 2/4/2009 updated 6/2/2021.

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