The Generation X debut came out today in 1978. Stumbled upon a few lps from 78 I have so did a dig & realized it was a good year for tunes. The Cars 1st, The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope, Elvis Costello: Armed Forces, Blondie: Parallel Lines, David Johansen, Tom Waits: Blue Valentine, Bruce: Darkness On the Edge of Town, DEVO: Q: Are We Not Men?, The Stones: Some Girls, The Jam: All Mod Cons. But I'm dickin around at work and listening to Gen X.
I just happened to see the Zombies on CBS Saturday Morning today and was really impressed at the shape these guys are still in. I know there are only 2 original members, but it's not like they had young kids backing them up. They played several other songs as well. I can't say I was ever a big fan, but considering they started out in 1958...
Sassy with a seriously hot trio. Funny-ish story, this dual-CD was a favorite of mine back in the '90s and one Saturday back in those days, I was seeing a show at the Village Vanguard and Buster Williams was the bass player. At set break I went back to the bar to chat with the band (y'see, most jazz cats don't mind that) and after I mentioned that I played double bass, Williams asked me what I was listening to at the time. I threw out a few artists and then said, "but what I dig the most right now is Sassy Swings the Tivoli. She's rockin' it and the bass player is great." Well, as it turns out Buster Williams is credited as Charles Williams on that release so I had no idea that I was actually talking to the bass player from those shows. We all got a pretty good laugh out of that. In retrospect, at least I didn't say "yeah, great release but the bass player sucks."
I had massive stomach cramps from age 7-17. I mean almost debilatating every morning. Then one day about 20 years ago, I realized that I was on the top of my field. I know that sounds arrogant, but it's not my point. One day, I realized that I belonged. It was very cathartic. The stomach cramps left me for some 35 years, but alas they are back. The cycle is relentless.
Having a shitty day so finding this was a pleasant surprise. I've always liked Parker's work but it's been a while since i've listened to him. And of course nice to discover the obvious nod to Buk by naming the album There's a Bluebird in My Heart.