Monday, February 13, 2017

Why Isn't This Guy a Household Word (An Occasional Series): Special And Adele Walks the Streets a Free Woman Edition

From some time in this century (sorry, I don't know the exact year), please enjoy alt-folk genius Robbie Fulks and the Neil Diamond/Monkees classic "I'm a Believer."

Done in the style of Thelonious Monk.

In its own sneakily subversive way, this may actually be funnier than the Fulks "Fountains of Wayne Hotline" I posted last Friday.


Ken J Xenozar said...

Steve, you missed the joy of Robbie's long-standing Monday-night residency at the Hideout. Every week, he would pull a theme like this: e.g. Leonard Cohen/Lynyrd Skynyrd. Robbie pulls in a wide array of talent having fun and breaking up a set of his own wonderful songs. You can really go down the abyss watching all the crazy stuff Robbie Fulks has pulled off on YouTube.

BTW, Casey McDonough on keyboards is a new sight for me. He is usually on bass behind such groups such as NRBQ, The Flat Five, and various other Chicago beatlesque bands.

Sal Nunziato said...

Jeez! That's great! Yeah, was going to mention the great Casey McDonough.

steve simels said...

Ken -- I would have loved to see some of those shows.

This one, Lou Reed versus Jerry Reed, just kills me.

pete said...

I *thought* I heard NRBQ in there....

M_Sharp said...

Robbie's great, it was good to see him get two Grammy nominations. I can't understand why the traditional country types don't cover his songs, I know they'll never work with the bro-country crowd. I've been going to his shows since the beginning, he's a great player with a fine band and always good for laughs. You have to like the man who wrote "Fuck This Town" and "The Scrapple Song".

One time I saw him an old friend was there with their grade school yearbook. Robbie stopped the show about 20 minutes in to flip through the yearbook and ask the guy, from the stage, about their old classmates. I think that was the same show where some drunken girl down front started rambling on because he didn't play "Scrapple Song". First he said "I'm sorry, I didn't hear you because I was already talking". That took me back to fifth grade! Then he introduced her as "Rude Brunette" and got her up on stage, and had her put on his official t-shirt while she stood there babbling. It was a great night!

His "Billie Jean" and Jackson Five covers are always a treat, too.