Saturday, March 27, 2010

Autumn Still A Lark

Some Songs Considered Blog gives a small shout out to my cover of "Bobby Jean"...though the writer does refer to "Bobby" as a "her" and i think it's about Little Steven. This (and a recent conversation about the Plasmatics) got me wondering if Van Zandt's excellent album Men Without Women is on CD....it is, in this hideous package.

5 Comments:

Blogger DC said...

I'm not sure what that dude is talking about, I think he has a little too much time on his hands- BUT I like Springsteen covers almost better than Springsteen songs, have you ever heard Frank Black doing "I'm Goin Down" off of the Oddballs disc?

8:10 PM  
Blogger brian said...

Mac, thanks for the link! I'm a huge fan and my mind is kind of blown.

I knew the Little Steven angle but that was long after I first heard the song and, quite honestly, projected a lot more of myself onto it. It's something I've always struggled with as a listener - when I read something about a song and it goes against the narrative that plays in my head, does it discount/discredit my interpretation?

@DC I do spend way too much mental energy thinking about music :)

9:13 PM  
Blogger The Punk Gourmand said...

Mac,

Got tix for the Chris Knox benefit. So geeked to see such a lineup I'm taking the train up to NYC for all of 18 hours from DC.

Looking forward to the new stuff.

3:08 PM  
Blogger charlesglover said...

i'm sticking with the only version i've ever had in my head... it's girl/guy vs. bromance.

"Just to say I miss you baby, good luck goodbye, Bobby Jean"

thanks DC for the frank black info. i had not heard that. please don't tell me that's about SVZ too.

all that matters is that there is a portastatic reference in the wiki entry for the song. i certainly like the acoustic version, but i always thought that bobby jean would work well rocked out similar to iron on.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Dr. Confusion said...

Portastatic as a full band on the bright ideas tour (i think) opened up with "Bobby Jean" at the crocodile in seattle a couple years ago. It had this great swing and perfect tempo that just blew me away. I'd LOVE to hear that again.

2:54 PM  

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