I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Wicks, lead singer of the enormously influential power pop band The Records.
And co-writer of one of the most perfect songs of all time -- "Starry Eyes."
The Records first album -- The Records in the US, Shades in Bed in the UK -- is an absolute stone classic; there isn't a less than memorable song on it.
Here's perhaps my faborite. And certainly the most gorgeous.
I should add that The Floor Models were huge fans. Here's our cover of "Hearts in Her Eyes," another classic from that debut album. We used to play it live so often everybody in Greenwich Village thought we wrote it.
I got to meet John at the 1995 record release party for this great power pop compilation put together by Jordan Oakes; John, who was sort of making a comeback, contributed a stunning tune called "Her Stars Are My Stars."
Here's a very nice unplugged performance of it from a few years later.
Some bandmates of mine had a song on the same album as well, but alas, I can't find Mp3s of either of the studio versions of those on my iTunes library or on the intertubes generally. I'll see if I can track them down later in the week.
In any case, you'll have to trust me -- John's performance at the aforementioned show was glorious. And he was incredibly nice when I introduced myself afterwards; he remembered a review of a Records best-of CD I had written in the early 90s, which blew my tiny mind.
End of story -- I've said it before and I'll say it again: This death shit is really starting to piss me off.
RIP John Wicks.