NEW YORK (AP) -- After eight years of playing guitar in nothing but cowboy boots, a hat and a pair of briefs (crudely marked "Naked Cowboy," to point out the obvious), Times Square's most famous street performer is taking his naked ambition to the next level. He's working on a debut album as part of his plan for "dominating the commercial landscape of the world."
The disc, which he's hoping to push out next year - he's not yet hooked up with a record label - is a "little bit country, little bit rock 'n' roll," the Cowboy (real name Robert John Burck) said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
"There'll be blues, R&B down the line and Naked Cowboy - it's its own genre of music," he added.
Some of the tracks have eyebrow-raising titles, the most printable, perhaps, being "Get Your Ass Kicked by a Man in his Underwear."
"Every major record label is gonna compete to be the one to represent this project. Once again, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Naked Cowboy," boasted the Cowboy, calling success "guaranteed."
The Naked Cowboy is a year round fixture in Times Square, New York City. Howard Stern fans have known of him for many years, as he was a long time guest on Howard's 92.3 FM radio show.
On a personal note, I have seen the naked cowboy many times. While studying for the bar exam I was frequently in Times Square and saw him often. He actually has a decent voice and I am sure if promoted correctly (the aforementioned Howard Stern for instance) could actually sell well to those fans. I am also sure that the midwestern 20 something female tourist who walks past him absolutely red faced will buy the CD to show her friends back home.
Good Luck Naked Cowboy...hope you go platinum -- then maybe you can buy some pants!
lawhawk here - fixed typos pursuant to a missive from Anonymous Emailer.