A long time ago, back when I lived in MPLS and leaving town for CHGO wasn’t on my radar (in retrospect, it’s amazing how quickly that got ON my radar, but that’s a story for another time), so it must have been early 1991, Golden Smog got together and played one of their then-rare shows at the Cabooze. GS at that time was a total novelty act made up of local musicians (somewhat-original lineup featured 2 Jayhawks, 2 Soul Asylums, a Replacement, and a Run Westy); they had put out one small EP of covers and if someone had suggested anything more than that to them, at that moment in time, they would have thought that person was crazy; the whole idea behind GS was for these guys to get together and play covers for their friends and some fans and to get intoxicated and be silly about it. Some of their memorable attempts: Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug” (sung by Marc Perlman, bass player for the Jayhawks and not a frontman by trade), Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, Billy Squier’s “Lonely is the Night” (my suggestion and guest-vocaled by someone named Heather whose last name I’ve forgotten), The Stones’ “She’s A Rainbow” (with toy piano)… there were so many more, and maybe people out there reading with better memories than I will post others from that time period.
But one cover from the early 1991 date I reference above was of a Stones song I’d never heard before, even as a record store employee, and every time I get depressed about the winter landscape and the snow and the fact that it’s January, TWENTY-THREE YEARS LATER, I default to “Winter” and fuzzily recall how their version of that song (quite true to the original, as I remember it, and sung by Kraig Johnson of Run Westy Run) really struck me and was a bit of a turning point in my musical education, one of many during that time. Five months later, I left the town I thought I’d live in forever and moved to CHGO, where I eventually learned so much more about music, but few songs have had the long-term impact on me in terms of inner soundtracking that “Winter” has.
In other news, we start shooting Backyard Industry in a week, I cut my hair, and I’m looking for fun, whimsical, food-related T-shirts I can wear while we film. Hit me with your best shot.