Crown Jewels - Bootleg Rarities EP

by Crown Jewels (Steve & John Conte)

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Don't be fooled by the cover photo - this ain't no jazz album! It's pure rock 'n' roll, with soul - and power pop melodies! Tracks on the Bootleg Rarities EP were recorded by Steve & John Conte - aka Crown Jewels - between 1992-1999 and each has a story...
Tracks #1 & 2, “Sunshine Girl” and “Sunday Child” were recorded in the late 1992 after the break up of the Conte brother’s band, Company of Wolves (Mercury Records). The sessions were done at Acme Recording in Mamaroneck, NY recorded by Spin Doctors producer Peter Denenberg and feature NYC badass Shawn Pelton on drums, before his career took off playing in the Saturday night Live band and with Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles, David Byrne, and many other big names.
Track #3, “Dream” was written for and featured in the 1999 film, “The Stand In” and features brother John on drums as well as on bass.
Tracks #4 & 6, “Little Empress Of Gloom” and “Peace ’97” were recorded in 1997 and feature the recording debut of a 3rd brother, Jeff Conte on drums. “Peace ’97” is a rock 'n soul update of the song “Peace” from the Crown Jewels 1999 release, Linoleum. The original “Peace” was written by Steve at age 10 for the brothers’ first “album”, recorded live to cassette in the Conte family living room. Both of these previously unreleased tracks were recorded in Steve & John’s rehearsal studio, “The Pink Hole” on W23rd st & the West Side Highway in Manhattan. (Fun Fact: The drum kit that brother Jeff is bashing away at on these tracks is the pink Premier kit that belonged to New York Dolls drummer, Jerry Nolan.)
Track #5 is one of The Jewels best loved songs, “Toughest Girl In The Neighborhood”, a live version recorded in 1999 at Baby Jupiter, a club that stood on the corner Stanton & Orchard streets on NYC’s Lower East side. Along with Steve & John on this one are drummer Rich Pagano (Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash) and guitarist Andy York (Ian Hunter, John Mellencamp).
All songs Copyright 2020.
All Music & lyrics by Steve Conte except “Dream” by Steve & John Conte.


released March 20, 2020

Steve Conte - Lead Vocals, Rhythm & Lead Guitars
John Conte - Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Backing Vocals, Drums (Dream)
Jeff Conte - Drums (Little Empress Of Gloom, Peace '97)
Shawn Pelton - Drums (Sunshine Girl, Sunday Child)
Andy York - Rhythm Guitar (Toughest Girl In the Neighborhood)
Rich Pagano - Drums, Backing Vocal (Toughest Girl In the Neighborhood)


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Steve Conte New York, New York

“Steve Conte is one of the best kept secrets of the music business!”  
- Steve Lillywhite, Producer (Rolling Stones, XTC, Johnny Thunders)

Guitarist/singer/songwriter from NYC. Solo artist, member of Company Of Wolves, Crown Jewels, The Contes, Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth, New York Dolls, Michael Monroe & sideman- Paul Simon, Willy DeVille, Robert Gordon, Billy Squier, Peter Wolf, Wille Nile.
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Track Name: Sunshine Girl
"She's my sunshine girl...when the rain's about to fall."
Track Name: Sunday Child
"Mister I don't need no father, tell me why you even bother..."
Track Name: Dream
"I know what I came for, I know where I've been, I know how I got here - I followed my dream."
Track Name: Little Empress Of Gloom
"Little Empress of gloom, looking down on your subjects...and every doll is doomed, you'll be snapping all of those necks"
Track Name: Toughest Girl In The Neighborhood (Live)
i'm in love with the toughest girl in the neighborhood
everytime I see her, i get afraid
'cause she treats me just like your average savior would
she don't give up her power, she always brings me flowers

we walk down 3rd street, hell's angels all marvel at her
and everytime she looks right through them,
she does me right, she knows what matters
and she proceeds to knock me out

i'm in love with the toughest girl in the neighborhood
underneath her cover, it's heavenly
and she holds me just like a baby's momma would
she stripped me of my power in the first half hour

she grew up catching fireflies
and i believe it's the same with guys
cause when i stand before her eyes
i am captured
she's my cleopatra jones

going out with the toughest girl in the neighborhood
i'm in love with the toughest girl in the neighborhood
Track Name: Peace ' 97
"If you're in bed listening to this song, you can be sure nothing's gonna go wrong...if there's peace on earth, peace...and to all a good night."

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