Saturday, July 23, 2005

I love (and) L.A.

Ernest Hemingway said "The best writing is certainly when you are in love."

Frank Black puts this thought to the test on his new country-tinged album, Honeycomb. Black recorded the album in Nashville with top players including guitarist Steve Cooper (Booker T. & the MGs/co-writer of Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of Bay") and keyboardist Spooner Oldham (Percy Sledge, Bob Dylan) ... and during the end of one relationship and the beginning of another. You be the judge about the 'love' claim:

"Strange Goodbye": This tune was written about the recent demise of his marriage, and, oddly enough, features the ex-wife on vocals.

"Violet": Frank Black is now in love again, and this gem was written for that new interest.

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On a related note, I've always thought Frank Black's "Los Angeles" was right up there with X's "Los Angeles" at capturing this city's energy. There's another City of Angels track that never got its due.

Circa 1999, Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) was set to release a solo album for Geffen, entitled Beautiful Disease. The album never made it to middle America's kids. Fortunately for a kid somewhere in England, it was released as an import.

The album kicks off with the red herring title "Seattle Head" -- a song that deserves to be up there with the L.A.-inspired ones.

I can't guarantee you'll be singing along to "Los Angeles, you're a fucking whore", but there is poetry found in the whole of the song's loose decadence.

Here's two other reasons you should seek out this album if you ever gave a shit about G N' R.

"Superman"

"Song for Beverly"

5 Comments:

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

i loved Black Francis w/ the pixies but never got into his solo stuff. sounds like he's released about 25 records since trompe le monde though

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

2 words: Chinese Democracy

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger sasefina said...

Totally agree about Frank Black's Los Angeles.

Fanks for the tracks.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

The thought of Frank Black being in love naturally segues into that of Frank Black doing the nasty, and that's a frightening mental image.

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger Christopher Trottier said...

Frank Black will always have a special place in my heart. I wish his name was still "Black Francis" though.

 

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