So over at Facebook the other day somebody trotted out the old "what's the band/performer you most regret not having seen live when you had the chance?" poser.
Which is, of course, a question I'm pretty sure we've batted around here at some point as well. And as usual, my immediate reaction was Buffalo Springfield and the MC5.
But that also got to me thinking about a slight variant to the question -- as in "what's the band/performer whose records you particularly enjoy but whom you not only have never seen live but in fact have barely any idea what they looked like or what they were about in concert?"
And immediately I thought -- the late Phil Seymour.
I'd seen him on TV as a member of the Dwight Twilley Band, of course, but Seymour was a drummer back then, not a frontman. Meanwhile, I really like the guy's solo stuff -- particularly his cover of Bobby Fuller's great "Let Her Dance," which I rhapsodized about in these precincts back in 2009 -- and I realized I have no idea what he was like at center stage.
So -- YouTube being the veritable Library at Alexandria that it is -- a little research turned up two clips. First: from 1981, Phil and band being interviewed by Dick Clark on Bandstand before a performance of "Let Her Dance"...
...and then the official video for the song itself.
About that video, of course, I can only say that Phil's "Let Her Dance" remains a great record. If you know what I mean.
[h/t Dan Mcenroe]