Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

From 1970 and their Todd Rundgren produced debut album, it's the (one assumes ironically monikered) Philadelphia band The American Dream and the quite strikingly Moby Grape-esque "Raspberries."

The LP this is from is not bad, overall -- love that three guitar attack -- and it's obviously historically interesting as Todd's first full-length production for somebody other than himself. Actually, you can hear a bit of a Nazz influence in the above song, now that I think of it.

More interestingly, the blond guy standing at the top of the picture -- bass player Nick Jameson -- went on to join, and produce several albums for, Foghat. Even more interestingly, he's also had a very successful career as an actor; you could have knocked me over with a feather when I learned that the treacherous Russian premier on the 2010 season of 24 (that's him on the right, next to President Cherry Jones) was the same guy who played bass on "Fool for the City."

I mean, talk about rockin' in the Free World.


FD13NYC said...

Hey, at least he was lucky enough to have a music career (I dig Foghat) and then some acting. I'm sure he's got gold records hanging on his wall. That's more than we can say for most of us who tried and got zinc.

Faze said...

I, too, like the three guitar attack, and the texture that TR gets from the combination in the early parts, keeping the guitar tones separate as he layers them, and every so often dipping his brush in the phase shifter and spreading a little wash over the proceedings. Then it kind of collapses as it stumbles along, TR falls asleep on the phase button, and the band starts wandering in and out of the room. A nice bridge would have turned it into a real song.

Shriner said...

On a similar tangent, it blew my mind to find out Creed Bratton from "The Office" was in the Grass Roots!

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary said...

It just goes to show you that even Foghat ain't any match for Jack Bauer.

TMink said...

The Russin Premier was a Fool For The City? Wow. Who knew!


Anonymous said...

Nick Jameson and Creed Bratton -- two hard working guys!

Foghat hung out and recorded in Port Jefferson on LI (not that far from the Stony Brook campus) circa 1978. For that I should like them at least a little, and might be willing to consider it, having read this posting.

As to Creed, I love his Office-outtake explanation of how he got from the Grass Roots to The Office (he says he fell asleep in a tour van in the 60s and woke up in Scranton). Creed was in the third (out of five, I think) Grass Roots lineups, which was the lineup that started having the big hits (eg, Live For Today and Midnight Confessions). He still performs -- he played at McCabe's in the spring. AP