Boys Don't Lie: A History of Shoes, is finally going to press.
When I started this project, I was cursed by Gary Klebe, who said, "This book is going to be like a Shoes record. It's going to take longer than you think. It's going to be a longer book than you think. It's going to be better than you think." He was right.
It's a pretty good book, I think. I hope others will also think so.
I can't exactly describe the experience of getting to know and understand these idols of my youth, of having them become friends and colleagues. I never lost the thrill at seeing their names in my inbox or on my phone--even now. (I suspect they cringe at mine.)
Back at the beginning, Kid Charlemagne said to me, "Don't you ruin them for me!" And even then, I knew that was not possible. They are exactly who you think they are: thoughtful and sweet, sometimes shy, always gracious. What might not be clear from their music is that they're funny, funny guys, they laugh a lot and genuinely like each other, and are genuinely touched by the fact that people still listen to them, still respect them, still remember them.
And then there's Ignition, last year's triumphant return. I don't claim credit for that, of course: rumors were rife that they were writing all the time. But I do think that reflecting on their legacy encouraged them to return to the studio, and for that, we can all be grateful. Last year's new record was accompanied by a spate of vinyl reissues, and this year's string of concerts (even *I* finally got to see them live!) have shown them in fine form.
And if I bear even a small part of the responsibility for them shaking off the cobwebs, that's honor enough.
I'll be posting some excerpts over the next few days: if there are any episodes of Shoes history you've always wondered about, ask in the comments and we'll put them up!
You can pre-order books at the PurePopPress site: street date should be the middle of August.