RARA-AVIS: Re: Song Noir

From: Kevin Burton Smith (kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 19 Jul 2009

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    Steve wrote:

    > I think Išm much more attached to Œstyleš, than you are in your
    > taste, since
    > I would never touch, listen, go, near the likes of Cowboy Junkies,
    > Springsteen, Earle, Westerberg, any MOR, Billy Gentry, the Band...

    Your musical blinders are your loss. You're missing some great tunes.

    What can I say? I'm not as fascinated by pose and trendiness as I am by the actual music. Which is probably why I enjoy the hopelessly square meat-and-potatoes of hard-boiled more than the pseudo-cool nouvelle cuisine pretensions of some noir these days. And probably why I poke fun at some of the bios and photos and pretensions of some authors so much. They take themselves so seriously I don't have to.

    And while I could easily have included some Lou Reed, VU or even a couple of cool songs by Gene Vincent, I always thought the Cramps were a little too obvious, and never quite as funny as they thought they were. Now, Deja Voodoo -- there was a band that pulled off the cheapo pulp horror thing. But their profile is so low they make The Cramps look mainstream.

    By the way, those acts I mentioned aren't exactly mainstream in Jonas Brothers' North America. Maybe among aging rock'n'rollers like me who get bored by what's been stamped as "classic rock" they'd be considered mainstream, but most of these acts are considered pretty much left of center (or slagged off as old farts' music) these days, except (arguably) for maybe Springsteen.

    But anyway, for those of you keeping score, last night's PALMDALE NOIR was a blast. The songs ranged from Townes Van Zandt to Neil Young (an amazing take on "Down by the River" as an Appalachian murder ballad), with enough originals and obscurities (and solid musicianship) to exceed even my wildest expectations. I'm still buzzing!

    We're definitely going to do it again some day...

    Kevin Burton Smith Editor/Founder The Thrilling Detective Web Site
    "Wasting your time on the web since 1998."

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