ROBERT CARUSO
rock singer/songwriter/guitarist
London, UK

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ROBERT CARUSO - YOU'RE DOING NOTHING NOW (Robert Caruso - Mick Anselmo), from the album The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll (2012). (c) 2012 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.

ROBERT CARUSO 
ROCK'N'ROLL'S BEST-KEPT SECRET 
(by Russ Hoffmann)

 

Robert Caruso is a singer-songwriter-guitarist from London, UK. He started in Italy in his early teens as Rob Leer (& The Electric Kids). From the beginning he performed original material, rooted in the Blues, '50s Rock'n'Roll, '60s classics like The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, and Punk Rock like Johnny Thunders, Ramones and Sex Pistols. Starting from his hometown of Cosenza in South Italy, he moved first to Rome and then to London. He toured all over Italy and his early material was collected on the album Rob Leer & The Electric Kids. He appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, and in the film 'Primi Amori' by Mimmo Rafele (RAI, Italy, 1984). 3 documentaries about him were broadcast on Italian TV while Robert was still a teenager. The lo-fi albums Rob Leer & The Electric Kids, which collected songs from different releases 1980-1988, would be issued in 1989, and Waiting For The Light (1983, issued on CD in 2006), in which his early Proto Punk/Garage Rock met 1980s electronic Techno Pop, were issued on cassettes and later on CD and are no longer in distrbution, although Rob Leer & The Electric Kids is in its entirety on YouTube.
 

Robert, although still in his teens, moved to London for good, befriending ex-Velvet Underground Nico, Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators. After The Electric Kids split up, he started performing under his real name, mostly solo and acoustic, playing Dobro slide guitar and rack-harmonica. He recorded two self-produced albums sold as cassettes in the 1990s and signed with Acetone Records, recording the acoustic album Robert Caruso in which his previous Rock style met the Mississippi Delta Blues tradition. During the '90s Robert toured constantly all over Britain and in France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Italy and the US. He received rave reviews in the music press for his live performances. He often played as opening act for Rock acts like Johnny Thunders, Steve Marriott, Wilko Johnson, Alan Vega, and American bluesmen such as Ray Charles, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Pops Staples, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Louisiana Red and many others in London's clubs and Blues Festivals throughout Europe. Later Robert had a break from "life on the road" and obtained a BA and MA in Philosophy and English literary studies from University College London, translated for the first time the poets and writers of the Italian Scapigliatura movement (1860s -1880s) in a study for his Ph.D (the Wikipedia entry in English about the Scapigliatura is based on his work) and wrote two poetry collections: 'Transcendence' (2003) and 'Sublimations' (2005) plus translations of 19th century Italian Romantic literature into English (and vice versa) which circulated in limited editions in the academic circles.
 

In 2009-2017 Robert performed regularly in London and abroad and got some great reviews, with some writers hailing him as 'The King Of Rock&Roll". Robert sang with The Yardbirds who considered him as a possible front-man, and also with Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana from Elvis Presley's original band. 
In late 2012 his best, most recent recordings came out on the album The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll, an epithet given by journalists. His "records" are released as downloads on iTunes and all other major digital music platforms, and as CDs on amazon.com. His recordings and live repertoire contain much variety. In particular Indian Summer, Red Pills, Nobody's Girl, I Don't Want To Fall In Love With You, You're Doing Nothing Now, Days Of Wine And Roses, Lisa, Rebel, Nowhere Fast, Diabolical, Real Cool Cat and She Makes Me Feel Like I'm Dying became popular with digital radio listeners on the Internet worldwide. Robert kept performing live in London and abroad both solo and with his 3-piece backing band The Shades. His singles so far are: Red Pills (03/2013) Sugar Baby Doll (08/2013) When I Drink My Pint (12/2013) Get Crazy (02/2014) I Don't Want To Fall In Love With You (06/2014) Nobody's Girl (09/2014) You're Driving Me Insane (02/2015) Sooner Or Later (05/15) Shallow (07/2015) Nowhere Fast (10/15) Diabolical (06/2016) Burn Baby Burn (02/2017) Real Cool Cat (05/2017), the EP Heroin (08/2017), Amsterdam (11/2018) Born To Make You Cry (11/2019) and Days Of Wine And Roses (07/2021). 
His albums The Best-kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll (11/2012), Love And Death (10/2014, which includes Boulevard Of Broken Dreams originally written for Nico, who passed away before she could record it) and Three Minutes To Midnight (09/2016) are available on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, etc.. and as CDs on amazon.com. All three albums are in "video format" and can be watched as films that include all of the albums' songs, something that no other artist has done to date; with several other videos (such as his unreleased cover of The Yardbirds' Heart Full Of Soul), they can be watched on YouTube's Robert Caruso (Official) channel. On his albums Robert usually plays all instruments and produces them too. Zeitgeist (2001) an album of electronic, instrumental tracks written and used for films, TV and radio programs is also on YouTube although is not in distribution at present; some of the tracks, like Technocracy, One Day At A Time and Eros (Robert said the latter was his attempt at making sensual music "to make love to" which some described as "Porno Rock"), have also videos; a promo edition includes Robert's rendition of the Italian national anthem (Fratelli D'Italia) and his arrangement of Reinassance composer Tomaso Albinoni's famous Adagio In G Minor For Strings And Organ. The first cover Robert ever released, Heroin by Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground, was released as an EP on CD in January 2018. It was followed by his cover of Belgian "chansonnier" Jacques Brel's Amsterdam (11/2018), with English lyrics translated from the original French lyrics by Robert himself (rather than the Mort Shuman lyrics previously used by Scott Walker and David Bowie). His single Born To Make You Cry was released in November 2019 and reached #1 in ReverbNation's UK's Indie Rock charts.

Robert's latest album is When My Train Comes, an acoustic, Delta Blues-influenced album, recorded live in a studio with an acoustic band, released 11/2020. Videos of songs Downtown, When My Train Comes, The Distance, Baby I Wonder and a cover of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's 1936 song Last Fair Deal Gone Down got Robert to #2 in the UK Indie Rock charts.
His latest release is the single Days Of Wine And Roses, a track from The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll album with an over-dubbed pedal steel guitar, released on all major platforms 07/2021. 

 

Robert's following is always growing, with the recognition as a compelling and charismatic live performer and his originality as songwriter and guitarist with an extensive and varied repertoire which combine supersonic Rock&Roll with lyrics about a desire for transcendence through love, drugs and spirituality. Some critics wrote of Robert Caruso as an iconic Rock'n'Roll performer for the 21th century: a streetwise, "cool" attitude that goes back to '50s Rockers and Punk Rock, using influences from the Blues, early Rock'n'Roll, the 1960s, Garage Rock, Funk and Post-Punk with a "Pop sensibility" and lyrics which include "torch songs", Gothic imagery and sometimes a "social commentary", with a sound characterized by his "buzzsaw guitar", metronome-like drums and funky basslines. Likewise his look made of black leather, shades, cowboy shirts and iconic instruments like his Vox Teardrop guitar and '60s Vox organ has its roots in the best Rock'n'Roll tradition. 
Some writers described him as a bona-fide visionary artist; with professional management and the right industry support his chances to obtain mainstream success would be assured. 
There is a Robert Caruso (Official) channel on YouTube, a profile on Spotify  and Pages on Facebook, ReverbNation, Twitter, Soundcloud, LinkedIn, Parteon, Tradiio and internet digital radios like Jango and last.fm.

 

ROBERT CARUSO - DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES* [2021 version] (Robert Caruso), single, 07/2021. (c) 2021 Roca Records. (p) 2021 Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.  

ROBERT CARUSO - LONG TALL SALLY (LIVE, 2015). (c) 1957 (Entoris Johnson, Richard Penniman, Robert Blackwell). (p) Raleigh Music Publishing.
ROBERT CARUSO - INDIAN SUMMER (Robert Caruso), from the album The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll (2012). (c) 2012 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music. (p) Roca Music/Tunecore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - REBEL (Robert Caruso), from the album The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll (2012). (c) 2012 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music
ROBERT CARUSO - LISA (Robert Caruso), from the album The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll (2012). (c) 2012 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - DANCIN' TO THE RADIO (Robert Caruso), from the album The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll (2012). (c) 2012 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - INTERFERENCE (Robert Caruso), from the album The Best-Kept Secret In Rock'n'Roll (2012). (c) 2012 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - SUGAR BABY DOLL (Robert Caruso), from the album Love And Death (2014). (c) 2013 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - RED PILLS (Robert Caruso), from the album Love And Death (2014). (c) 2013 Roca Records. )(p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - I DON'T WANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU (Robert Caruso), from ther album Love And Death (2014). (c) 2014 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - WHEN I DRINK MY PINT (Robert Caruso), from the album Love And Death (2014). (c) 2013 Roca Records.(p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - GET CRAZY (Robert Caruso), from the album Love And Death (2014). (c) 2014 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - NIGHTRIDE (Robert Caruso), from the album Love And Death (2014). (c) 2014 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - NOWHERE FAST (Robert Caruso), from the album Three Minutes To Midnight (2016). (c) 2015 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - NOBODY'S GIRL (Robert Caruso), from the album Three Minutes To Midnight (2016). (c) 2014 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - LAST TUBE TO BRIXTON (Robert Caruso), from the album Three Minutes To Midnight (2016). (c) 2016 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - PUSS'N'BOOTS (Robert Caruso), from the album Three Minutes To Midnight (2016). (c) 2016 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - SOONER OR LATER (Robert Caruso), from the album Three Minutes To Midnight (2016). (c) 2015 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - REAL COOL CAT (Robert Caruso), single. (c) 2017 Roca Records (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - HEROIN (Lou Reed), single, 2017. (c) 1966 ATV/Sony Music. (p) 2017 Roca Records.
ROBERT CARUSO - AMSTERDAM (Jacques Brel - English lyrics: Robert Caruso), single, 2018. (c) 1964 Warner Chappell Music. (p) 2018 Roca Records.
ROBERT CARUSO - BORN TO MAKE YOU CRY (Kim Fowley), single, 2019. (c) 1967 Jano Music. (p) 2019 Roca Records.
ROBERT CARUSO - DOWNTOWN (Robert Caruso), from the album When My Train Comes (2020). (c) 2020 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music/TuneCore Publishing - Apple Music.
ROBERT CARUSO - WAITING FOR YOU (Robert Caruso) originally on the studio album Rob Leer & The Electric Kids (1989). Live in Italy, 12/2019, filmed by fans. (c) 1981 Roca Music. (p) 1989/2020 Roca Records.

ROBERT CARUSO - WHEN MY TRAIN COMES PROMO SAMPLER (35 minutes, 28 seconds).
Extracts from the 13 songs of the album When My Train Comes (2020).
1) When My Train Comes. 2) Baby I Wonder. 3) National Express Blues. 4) Providence. 5) Last Fair Deal Gone Down. 6) Danglin' Man Blues. 7) Downtown. 8) London Underground Blues. 9) Misery. 10) The Distance. 11) Killin' Fields. 13) Desert Sand.
All songs written by Robert Caruso. (c) 2020 Roca Records. (p) TuneCore Publishing/Apple Music.
except Last Fair Deal Gone Down, written by Robert Johnson. (c) 1936 (p) The Bicycle Company.

ROBERT CARUSO - EROS (Robert Caruso), from the album Zeitgeist [Music For Films - A Collection of electronic, instrumental tracks], 2001. (c) 2001 Roca Records. (p) Roca Music.
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Robert Caruso, London, 2020

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Average weekly number of views of this website, 04/2021.
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Statistics from ReverbNation's UK Indie Rock Charts for the release of the single Amsterdam, 11/2018.
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ReverbNation's Statistics, UK Indie Rock Charts for the release of single Days Of Wine And Roses, 08/2021
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Robert Caruso, live 2019

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Robert Caruso & band, London, 2019

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Sarah J dances to Robert Caruso's
I Don't Want To Fall In Love With You