Sunday, July 31, 2005

Damien Rice + 'f@cking high' = James Blunt

Let me explain the title. Non-blonde Linda Perry has a new label, Custard Records. Her first artist is Englishman James Blunt. If you are fan of Damien Rice (and you should be) and appreciate the rare, one-time use of fuck in a song then check out Blunt's "You're Beautiful." Here's the sans 'fucking high', added 'flying high' video.

Here's a story. It stars Linda Perry.

In the mid-90s, I lived in San Francisco. The top local bands of that time included Sister Double Happiness/Imperial Teen, East Bay's Green Day and the almost all-girl band, Stone Fox. Stone Fox's biggest fan and producer was former Non Blonde Linda Perry. The setting was the Paradise Lounge south of Market. It was 2am. Stone Fox was closing out the last set of the night. They called some friends to the stage. One was Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. The other was Linda Perry. Together they lit up Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." Hearing Perry belt out 'Aaaaaaaaaa a ... Aaaaaaaaaa a' that night made me a lifelong fan of whatever she does including writing and producing Pink, Christina Aguilera and (well ... maybe not) Kelly Osbourne.

Interesting fact: One of the last recordings 4 Non Blondes did was a cover of Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop."


At 4:44 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I can't quite explain why, but James Blunt's singing style reminded me a bit of Richard Thompson's.

Sadly, all I know of Damien Rice is "The Blower's Daughter," but I dug that enough I might have to get a cd of his.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I thought Mr. Blunt was gonna give us a buffalo shot there for a second.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger tj1972 said...

Love the simplistic scenery of this video. Definitely want to hear more from this guy.


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