David Uosikkinen's In the Pocket Blends Sweet Charity and Good Tunes

Behind the recording of “Disco Inferno,” the latest update of an essential Philly gem from David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket.

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David Uosikkinen at Studio 4 in Conshohocken during the “Disco Inferno” sessions.“I don’t like it,” says producer Phil Nicolo with a wide grin. “I love it. Now, if we could just get David to hit the drums harder …”

The drummer in question is David Uosikkinen, the logistical brains and the organizational brawn behind In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia, our Best Local Charity You Can Sing Along to. Uosikkinen is also the muscular rhythmic backbone to beloved Main Line rockers the Hooters. At the moment, he’s already five tunes into his mission of resurrecting an eclectic assortment of classics either recorded in Philly or written and performed by local talent. ITP’s one-off sessions employ a rotating lineup of the region’s most revered musicians, including fellow Hooters Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman and John Lilley, Ben Arnold, Tommy Conwell, Richard Bush (The A’s, the Peace Creeps), Jeffrey Gaines, TJ Tindall (Gamble & Huff), and others. All work for free.

Uosikkinen launched the In the Pocket project in 2010 with a bouncy update of the new wavey “All My Mondays,” initially recorded by obscure ’80s outfit Youth Camp. Next came versions of Todd Rundgren and the Nazz’s “Open My Eyes,” the Dovells’ “You Can’t Sit Down,” the Hooters’ little-known “Soon You’ll Be Gone” and Robert Hazard’s shoulda-been hit, “Change Reaction.” All tracks can be downloaded on iTunes, and a portion of the proceeds from sales benefits Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School, whose impressive list of graduates includes Kevin Bacon, G. Love, Stanley Clark and Kevin Eubanks.

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