Wishy Washy Wishing Musicians of Walla Walla Washington
Long before the leader of these Irish rats proposed applying a bandaid to the world’s problems, he was breaking ground with the early punk song, Mary of the 4th Form. Next: mosh with Mexicans. One word, twice: Numa. Does anyone know why Faron Young was the subject of a song by an English pop band? ELO brings fond memories of my youth (thanks to you, Scott Kirklin). Prickly pixies perform politely while the angel Gabriel escapes the small town and makes it big time. Only 17 podcasts into EBLAMC existence and here we feature Wilco for the fourth time, naively wishing for a perfect score. And apparently Mr. Weller is wishing for a Jam reunion. Danger Mouse manages a unique take on the Beatles. I’ve never really noticed before the surf music influences in Sonic Youth – see if you notice, too, right after hearing non-surfing shadowy Canadian men strum their guitars. This podcast finishes up with a number of songs that were hits at one time or another in one country or another: they are easy on the ears and certainly worth a listen. (Mike H.) Listen to or download the Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club Podcast 17
You don’t become Paul Weller without a heightened sense of cool. On a planet of billions he stands alone as the Modfather. On a planet on billions it is hard to know who to listen to, particularly when it comes to new art. This week as Paul quietly shares news about his new collaboration with Kate Rusby, aka “the first lady of young folkies”, I found it interesting to note the other young artists that I had never heard of until Paul shed his light on them.
Amy Winehouse – She had not yet released her album Frank (which came out in 2003) and Paul Weller had already mentioned her in an interview as one of the artists he was excited about. One of her hangouts apparently was the Jazz Cafe in Camden. I bought tickets to see her at the Jazz Cafe based on his recommendation. I am not even sure what year it was anymore but she had surely not turned 20 yet. It doesn’t surprise me now, but it did surprise me then, that she did not show up for the gig. Her first album came out sometime after this disappointing trip to Camden. Paul’s advice turned out to be a a stunner. Paul and Amy later ended up collaborating and turned in some great performances to coincide with Amy’s release of “Back To Black”.
Adele – In December of 2008, Paul collaborated with another up-and-comer named Adele. She had already hit the charts with with “Chasing Pavements” but she was not the household that she was to become. She was however about to pass through the Paul Weller pillars. It seemed an odd collaboration to me at the time. In retrospect, not so much.
Kate Rusby – Kate’s new album is titled 20. This fits right in between Adele’s albums 19 and 21 and is sequentially connected to Weller’s 2008 album 22 Dreams.? I don’t know much about Kate Rusby just as I didn’t know anything about Amy “the jazz singer” or Adele “the Amy wannabee” at the time. I will be interested to see what happens as this folkie passes through the pillars.
I am not sure who is going to help me corroborate this story. I am a minor expert in the era of Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Kristy McNichol, and the Bay City Rollers. The written word of the mid-’70s teen magazines has not surfaced on the internet to any great extent, so I am wondering if this story is lost.
Shaun Cassidy, as a not-yet-discovered teenager, may have grown up among the entertainment elite, but he has a dark history of gang activity in those days. The reported gang antic involved attending sporting events (a Dodger’s game?) and throwing hammers from the upper decks into the crowd below. I guess I don’t really need to elaborate any more than that (and I can’t). I think the moral was that pop music saved him (and lack of the Internet to re-tweet the story). Stuff like this disappeared in those days.
Not every crime has escaped history however. His 1980 version of Rebel Rebel remains as evidence.