Okay, first off let me send out a deep RIP to Bob Casale, who passed away yesterday at the very young age of 61. Though he died of heart failure, he was a hugely talented guitarist and sound engineer who was most definitely full of heart. His brother Gerald Casale said: “As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Gerald said in a statement. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”
Thoughts and prayers to the rest of the band, family and especially Mark, who I had the extreme pleasure to meet a few months back.
Second, thoughts of love and healing out to the incomparable David Crosby, whose new album Croz has truly moved me… It is a mature and magnificent look at so many things, and I will post on that soon! He had heart surgery on Valentine’s Day… so please heal and get back on the road. We still really, really need you!!!
Third, it has been a while since I have posted an installment of NWW… so forgive me. Life has a way of getting in the way… And yes, John Lennon said it much more poetically and poignantly, so I’ll work on that!
So… I am on a bit of a theme here… Nice Jewish Boy does this and that…
And also churches… There have been a lot of churches popping up for me lately. So there is that recurring theme.
I saw Band of Horses in a church… One of my new favorite songs and EPs, courtesy of KCRW is “Take Me To The Church” by Hozier. Run to that song, friends. Wow!
But the fact is that The Church just randomly popped back into my listening queue… so the timing seemed right.
The Church – Starfish
I am way behind in acquiring the remasters of some of their classics like The Blurred Crusade, Of Skins And Heart or Heyday… Actually, I realized I do not own any of those in their original formats either… And yes, I know I can pay for Spotify and have EVERYTHING in one place… commercial-free. My brother, Dan reminds me of this ALL THE TIME. As soon as I get Sonos or a good, streaming stereo set up, I am so there. So there!
I do own Priest-Aura, Sometime Anywhere and Uninvited, Like The Clouds.
But, since this was their “commercial break through” and an album I think many folks may have… and has the infectious single “Under the Milky Way”, I opted to go with their fifth album, Starfish. For me, this song and album helped define 1988 and it definitely fits well in my musical wheelhouse. It’s a lot of fun reliving your musical youth!
And yes… I am so predictable that I am gonna eat a frozen Milky Way now… I really have no will power!!!
And yes, Bite Size… never Fun Size again after my trip to the dentist… The tooth STILL feels rough, by the way… 😦
Wikipedia will tell you that “The album sold 600,000 copies in the United States alone. The first single, “Under the Milky Way”, charted well into the American Top 40, peaking at #24 and #2 on Mainstream Rock Tracks leading to significant exposure of the then relatively underground Australian act.”
AllMusic mentions the band getting produced by Waddy Wachtel… so need to see him play out here, which he does A LOT… a great guest mandolin from the stunning David Lindley and gives a lot of success of the album to the hit single.
“Under the Milky Way,” still one of the most haunting and elegant songs ever to make the Top 40. As Kilbey details a lyric of emotional distance and atmosphere, the band executes a quietly beautiful — and as is so often the case with the Church, astonishingly well-arranged — song, with mock bagpipes swirling through the mix for extra effect. ”
I cannot recall what got me back to exploring this band, as I know I sadly lost touch… but for argument’s sake, let’s say it was my buddy Rob. This band is so worth the re-visit! On this record alone you get a few other faves of mine, like “Lost” and especially “North, South, East And West” and then “Spark”! Not many albums are that strong in the middle!!! Go… listen… enjoy!
So thanks, SRM. Now go give We Were Promised Jetpacks another listen and let’s hit the El Rey Friday!