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Chuck Snow's Sound Advice

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LISA HARKINS
  • Lisa Harkins
Colorado Springs born and bred artist Chuck Snow has been playing music professionally and unprofessionally, he says, since 1983. He started out as a guitarist in local indie-rock band The Autono, which has gone down in history as the first and only Colorado Springs band to travel to Russia and play with the Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra. After The Autono called it a day in 1997, he stepped into the role of frontman, co-founding the bands S.I.D.S., The Lazy Spacemen, The Texas 7, The Fremont Street Preachers and The Lo-Fi Cowboys. A former KRCC DJ, he’s pretty sure he’s related to country singer Hank Snow, is the assistant manager at The Independent Records Annex, and runs his own feral cat colony. Currently, he’s getting ready to debut his new and as-yet-unnamed band project. Following are some of his musical recommendations and confessions.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Unsatisfied” by Paul Westerberg/The Replacements. Sloppy and beautiful with heartbreaking lyrics that anyone can identify with throughout most of their miserable lives. “I Will Dare” is a close second.

Favorite song to cover live: Any song from classic rock to soul to country that the rest of the band has never rehearsed, or may not actually have ever heard at all. It’s far more entertaining to butcher a song in front of a live audience than it is to play covers verbatim. Favorite example: “Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot. Comedy gold.

First record I bought with my own money: A 45 of “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron” by the Royal Guardsmen. A record that combines history, Peanuts and rock ’n’ roll, and is far more interesting and bizarre than anything Radiohead ever attempted.

Essential Saturday night song: “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” by Elton John. Back in my steady playing and drinking days we used to put on our posters, “The band at nine-thirty, fights at eleven.” More often than not, this was completely accurate.

Essential Sunday morning song: “The Sound of Silence.” Literally. After a full week of band practice and playing records all day long at The Annex, the last thing I want to hear is any more music. Barring that, The Dead Boys’ Young, Loud and Snotty is a great wake-me-upper.

My latest online discovery: “The Sound of Vinyl” website. It has a lot of great vinyl exclusives and great information about collecting, as well as the mechanics of pressing, and information on analog versus digital formats. Very informative and fun website.

Artist more people should know about: The Beatles. I don’t think this band has received the respect and acknowledgment that they truly deserve. I had a customer bring back a copy of Rubber Soul saying he “didn’t like it.” I steered him towards some Ed Sheeran records and left for lunch.

Guilty Pleasure: Asking for extra packets of BBQ sauce when I go to a fast food joint. You’d think they were giving you diamonds the way they covet and hoard those condiments.

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