Closer To The Flame

by Rob Jungklas

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johnrieb I was a young Music Director in Rock Radio in the 80s, who unlike many, listened to everything, and wasnt afraid to play it. We played 4 or 5 tracks from this LP and got great response. Still have it on vinyl. Happy I am able to download the digital version! Thank You ROB! Favorite track: See That Girl.
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greg_b Was stationed outside of Memphis until mid-86. Played drums with a few guys in the area. Not sure when I bought the cassette. Hadn't seen it for 20 yrs. Found it this afternoon. "Memphis Thing" STILL gives me goosebumps. Kit is setup in the basement and my wife says "go for it". Favorite track: Memphis Thing.
Charleton K Gainey
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Charleton K Gainey Rocked it hard live in Memphis back in 86'-87'....was bad ass Favorite track: Memphis Thing.
Gregg Alley
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Gregg Alley I have owned "Closer To The Flame" on cassette since it was released way back in 1986. This has been my most-wanted album on CD for more than 20 years, and now I have it as a lossless download! Favorite track: Boystown.
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Hot Breakfast! Chose "Boystown" as my favorite track, but I could have picked "Memphis Thing," "Back to 17," "See That Girl," or damn near anything. I stupidly let go of my vinyl edition of Closer to the Flame - I'm so happy to hear it again. What a killer record - soulful, wise, boyish, romantic, and timeless. Favorite track: Boystown.
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In the beginning there was...


released December 31, 1986

Produced by William Wittman


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Rob Jungklas Memphis, Tennessee

It seems that Jung Klas a man of extremes who have emotions and soul torments rush through blood and nerves as music. Sometimes he sounds like a lost soul or like a wounded animal that wants to shake his skin. Away from him

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Track Name: Memphis Thing
Memphis Thing

The boys in the garage bands
The boys playing in the bars
They’re buying up the old Farfisas
They’re strapping on guitars
They’re turning back the pages
They’re looking up the facts
Praying at the altar of rhythm and blues
Bowing down in the church of Stax

It’s a Memphis Thing
It’s a Memphis Groove Thing
It’s a Memphis Thing
It’s a Memphis Groove Thing

Turn on the TV in this town
Seems like yesterday
On the screen was a ten piece band
In shades and gold lame’
DJ introduced them
Spotlight hit the floor
The lead singer stepped out
In a rhinestone cape
And a ten inch pompadour

Drummer lays down the backbeat
Bass man makes sure that you can feel it in your feet
Guitar player makes it shake and sweat
And the singer sings it to you like a man possessed

I cannot explain it
Cannot tell you how
Honey, it’s something you’ll never know
If you don’t know by now
London give you accent
L.A. give you gold
New York give you attitude
But Memphis gives you soul