- Bill Forman
Essential Saturday night listening: The Band. Despite being from Canada, the Band pulled together an enormous number of musical influences to create a uniquely American sound. Also, while none of the following bands actually copy THE Band, they’re great American rock bands in their own right: Los Lobos, Drive-By Truckers, Wilco and Old 97’s.
Essential Sunday morning listening: I am asleep on Sunday mornings so, theoretically: any of McCartney’s pre-Wings, piano-driven songs such as “Martha My Dear” and “Fool on the Hill.” Also, the Jam (mid-period). These songs bring me back to moments and feelings that felt safe and pleasurable. I am unable to relax, but can appear to be doing so from time to time.
First record I bought with my own money: Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy by The Who. Listened to it over and over on my father’s state-of-the-not stereo, complete with headphones. Actually, I don’t think I bought it, and it was not with my own money. Probably should have left that one off.
“Wish I’d written that” song: “These days.” Jackson Browne was world-weary at a very young age. This song makes me cry regardless of who covers it, and especially when I hear the version by Glen Campbell, rest in peace.
“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Closer to Home” by Grand Funk Railroad, or “Shine” by Collective Soul; such steaming piles of crap. Maybe, also, that one with the bee girl. Oh, and did I forget to mention Better Than Ezra?
My latest online discovery: Chuck Prophet. He started in Green on Red, and has become a great solo artist, filling the gaps left behind by T. Rex and The Kinks. He’ll be playing Denver twice this year, and will be delightful.
Artist more people should know about: The Honeydogs, a Midwest rock band that almost made it. They still put out the occasional album. They were most of the band Sussman Lawrence, Peter Himmelman’s musical springboard.
Guilty pleasures: DeFranco Family, Bobby Sherman, other treacle from my early childhood, when AM radio was my savior.