A uniquely hilarious guy, a hugely creative guy, a big-hearted true original, a king of Queens, someone who was not like you or me. I made an album with him once, and I slept on his and Lia’s couch, and he showed me sets for his stop-motion puppet movies, and he knew where to get the best bagels, and I liked him a lot, and everybody else did too. Now there’s his voice, this:
A thing about Jim is here.
When you got your first wah pedal, this was the first thing you tried to play, yeah?
Farewell, Jean Giraud. I was just thinking about you.
He would have been 60 years old today. I’m not going to post any of his tunes, because you have Ramones records, and maybe it would be nice to listen to your favorite one today. Here are my top 5 favorite Ramones tracks – perhaps not what you’d expect, but the band has been part of my life for a very, very long time.
1. Pet Sematary
2. Life’s A Gas
3. Commando ( The very first song I tried to figure out how to play the very first time I touched an electric guitar. I still kind of go to pieces when I hear it, as I did when I saw CJ Ramone and Daniel Rey play a pitch-perfect version a couple of weeks ago. We all chanted the chorus, and we threw our fists in the air, and for a few minutes, everything was okay, which is the way it works, when it works )
4. Havana Affair
5. Come On Let’s Go ( with the Paley Brothers )
01. Linus And Lucy
02. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
04. Treat Street
05. Mr. Lucky
06. I’m A Loser
07. Samba De Orpheus
08. Oh, Good Grief
09. Christmas Time Is Here
01. Gil Scott-Heron : Whitey on the Moon
02. Gil Scott-Heron : Home Is Where The Hatred Is
03. Gil Scott-Heron : The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
This would be a good day to listen to your choice of the first three Metallica albums, and to take a moment to consider the man’s life and work.
01. Captain Beefheart : Sun Zoom Spark
02. Captain Beefheart : Grow Fins
Ari Up ( Ariane Forster ) has died, and she was very young. She was the singer in The Slits. I don’t have much history with The Slits – when I was 13-14-15-16 years old, listening to the music of their 1977 London compatriots ( Clash, Pistols, Banshees, etc. etc. ), they were much too powerfully female/ abstract/ stoned for me to be able to grasp, but right now I’m playing Cut, which was their debut album, and it’s working for me, big time. I have a lot of thoughts, regarding hearing recordings of musicians who have just died, women in rock, the nature of fame and death, the history of important 1970s-1980s music … but you know what? No. Take a couple of minutes, listen to the song while you look at her picture.
The Slits : Typical Girls
Bobby Hebb : ” Sunny ”
Just about my favoritest soul jam ever.