Short Cool Ones

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Short Cool Ones
Short Cool Ones Wilson Diesel.jpg
Studio album by Wilson Diesel
Released April 1996
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre Blues
Length 57:50
Label Aurora, EMI
Producer Doug Roberts, Chris Wilson, Johnny Diesel
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(1996) Rewind - The Best of Diesel1996

Short Cool Ones is a 1996 collaborative album by Wilson Diesel, who are Chris Wilson on lead vocals and harmonica, and Johnny Diesel on lead vocals and lead guitar. The album consists mainly of blues covers, with one original track, "Other Man". It was co-produced by Doug Roberts, Wilson and Diesel. They issued two singles, "I Can't Stand the Rain" (March) and "Strange Love" (June), from the album and supported it with a tour of Australia.


In April 1996 Wilson Diesel issued a collaborative album, Short Cool Ones on Aurora Records label for Mushroom Records, with Chris Wilson on lead vocals and harmonica, and Johnny Diesel on lead vocals and lead guitar.[1] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described it as including "15 soul and R&B standards ... and a sole original, 'Other Man'".[1] "Other Man" was written by Diesel (aka Mark Lizotte).[2] Other performers were Dean Addison on bass guitar, Angus Diggs on drums, and Rob Woolf on keyboards and backing vocals.[3]

It was recorded from late 1995 to early 1996 at Clam Shoals and Sing Sing Studios with Doug Roberts co-producing with Wilson and Diesel.[4][5] Wilson Diesel recorded a separate track, "Trim the Tree", for The Spirit of Christmas 1996 (November) – a charity Christmas-based album with proceeds for Starlight Foundation's Australian branch.[6][7] By that time Diesel had left Australia to work in the United States and Wilson had returned to his solo career.[1][4] In November 1998, Wilson Diesel briefly reformed for the Mushroom 25 Concert – celebrating Mushroom Records' anniversary.[1][4] On 26 October 2013 Wilson Diesel reunited to perform the entire album at the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Can't Stand the Rain" Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Bernard Miller 3:45
2. "Other Man" Mark Lizotte 3:52
3. "Spoonful" Willie Dixon 4:06
4. "Strange Love" Jerry West 2:12
5. "Evil (Is Going On)" Dixon 2:48
6. "Tee Ni Nee Ni Nu" James Moore 2:10
7. "Little Red Rooster" Dixon 4:40
8. "Running Shoes" Weldon Bonner 4:02
9. "Too Wet to Plough" John Ned Shines 5:14
10. "My Babe" Dixon 2:44
11. "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" Milton Middlebrook, Fenton Robinson, Jesse Anderson 3:48
12. "Sun Is Shining" Elmore James 4:45
13. "Sugar Babe" Waymon Glasco 3:01
14. "Cherokee Dance" Robert Landers 2:55
15. "Don't Start Me Talkin'" Sonny Boy Williamson 2:42
16. "Who Will Your Next Fool Be" Charlie Rich 5:01

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 18


  • Chris Wilson – lead vocals (on tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16), harmonica
  • Johnny Diesel – lead vocals (on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15), lead guitar
additional musicians
  • Dean Addison – bass guitar (except track 13)
  • Angus Diggs – drums (except track 13)
  • Wayne Duncan – bass guitar (track 13)
  • Rob Woolf – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Gary Young – drums (track 13)
art work
  • Art Direction, Photography, Design – Pierre Baroni
production work
  • Engineer – Adam Rhodes, Spiro Fousketakis
  • Mastering – Don Bartley
  • Mixer – Doug Roberts
  • Producer – Doug Roberts, Chris Wilson, Johnny Diesel
  • Studios – Clam Shoals (recording), Sing Sing Studios (recording, mixing), EMI Studios 301 (mastering)


  1. ^ a b c d McFarlane, 'Chris Wilson' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. ^ "'Other Man' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Smith, Craig (1 May 2000). "Short Cool Ones". Australian Blues. Archived from the original on 5 June 2000. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c McFarlane, 'Diesel (aka Johnny Diesel, Mark Lizotte)' entry. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  5. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Chris Wilson". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Spirit of Christmas CD and The Salvation Army". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Field, Lindsay. "The Spirit of Christmas 1996". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wilson / Diesel". Sydney Blues & Roots Festival. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chris Wilson and Diesel Reunite for Sydney Blues Festival". Rhythms Magazine. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  10. ^ " – WILSON DIESEL – Short Cool Ones". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2016.