Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means. My new Oriental houseboy Hop-Sing and I will be winging our way to Atlanta (or Hotlanta! as we like to call it), where we will be putting on the dog at an oh-so-private soiree at the casa of divine Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. So posting by moi will necessarily sporadic for a few days.
Meantime, here's a fun little project for you all:
Most Underrated Rock Group or Solo Performer!!!!!
You know -- musicians you dearly love/believe to be important, but who don't get commensurate respect from critics, hepsters, or the public at large.
My totally top of my head Top Seven:
1. Procol Harum -- Mere one or two hit wonders? I think not!!! At least five albums full of genuine grandeur, pop smarts and mordant wit, and that mostly seamless merger of Ray Charles and J.S. Bach.
2. Moby Grape -- Not just the best of the San Francisco bands; a credible case be made for them as the very best American group of their day.
3. Jason and the Scorchers -- Gram Parsons meets the Who meets the Ramones. What's not to like?
4. Mink DeVille -- The Bowery's finest. In fact, the only one of the original New York City punk groups that actually sounded like New York City.
5. Marah -- Nick Hornby and me think they're the best band on the planet. So why aren't they household words?
6. Peter Blegvad -- A singer/songwriter/guitarist so good that XTC ripped him off.
7. David Bowie -- Just to annoy the Kenosha Kid.
Let the earnestness begin!!!!!