Once a world renowned media figurine, Superstar Chef/Rockstar/Reporter Sergio Wolfberry was unfortunate to suffer a public implosion the likes of which has not been seen since, oh I dunno, Charlie Sheen? Starting with his drunken ramblings at the Scatman John World-Changers Benefit, it ended with Sergio as the unintentional star of the the infamous "poodle-punching" TMZ video. Crashing down in a bender of cheap canadian whiskey and blue devils, shaken up by the dissolution of his third "It's Complicated" relationship in as many months, Sergio checked himself out of St. John of Gods hospital and instead jetted off with a select few to a remote compound in Thailand belonging to Aaron Rowand. The idea being-a therapy album was in order.
Sessions were not expected to run smoothly, but went much worse than could have been anticipated. Drug use was thinly veiled as "method acting", and soon producer Rick Rubin left the project, citing shoddy material and "piss poor, unprofessional, boorish behavior."
With Wolfberry at the helm, the skeleton-crew band (with the jet pilot playing guitar, Sergio's brother Romo on bass, and a series of quickly hired and fired Taiwanese "drummers") recorded an album that, at first glance, might resemble the gritty, emotional honesty of such classics as "Cold Turkey" and "Baby I Need Your Lovin'". In fact, it was a overly-rushed attempt by Sergio to ween record sales out of his glut of celebrity coverage in order to finance his latest struggling startup restaurant; "Wolfberry's Pantry".
Reaching the high spot of 16 on the US charts, any upward momentum the album had was sagged by one of the fired drummers releasing bootleg copies of not only the complete album, but an audio recording from the sessions of Wolfberry punching yet another poodle. His audience was not as forgiving of his antics this second time. Wolfberry was roundly condemned, and headed back to his Pasadena townhouse, too distraught and hungover to even remember the studio tapes. Left behind in Taiwan, they were released as "Super Boom-Boom Casio Fest Vol.16", to great local success.
Fellow musician Cameron Miller came into the rights to the album after winning a wager with Wolfberry while drinking at The Red Room. As a gesture of respect to his friends artistic output, he has here released a disc that Wolfberry has stated he would rather ".... see self-destruct, scatter to the winds, where no one on this mortal earth can hear it."
Enjoy then, Sergio Wolfberry's Change Up, as it was meant to be heard.
released August 11, 2011
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