Friday, January 16, 2009
"ADDICTED TO BOB": THE WEEKEND MIX
Reading through Jason Ankeny's bio of Robert Palmer on All Music, I was surprised to see that it has only been a little over 5 years since his passing. As a longtime fan and admirer, it seems twice that.
I was there early. Not as early as his Stax-influenced soul group, Vinegar Joe, but right there for "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley," his 1974 slinky solo debut that featured members of The Meters & Little Feat. I stayed with him through his forays into reggae, funk, soul, synth-pop and standards. Not everything was a homerun, but Robert Palmer's impeccable vocal phrasing made everything, EVERYTHING worth listening to.
Always surrounded by the best musicians in the game, Palmer's output seemed to baffle even those who were in his corner. Sure, he had major success as a smarmy, lounge lizard of MTV. But everything prior and since, sold little to nothing. He could take a simple ballad that would appeal to the masses if sung over simple instrumentation, and add kettle drums, a didgeridoo, and a penny whistle to create something completely original, a bit wacky, but always intensely beautiful. Not always the best ingredients for a hit record.
I dig the material with Power Station, the 80's supergroup that featured Palmer backed by members of Duran Duran and Chic, it is just unfortunate that a few clever but cheesy videos from that same period are what the great Robert Palmer will forever be known.
Here is a mix of some of my fave Robert Palmer moments.
Woke Up Laughing
Remember To Remember
Want You More
She Makes My Day
Give Me An Inch
Girl U Want
Trick Bag (Live On The Tube)
Kid/Pressure Drop (Live)
ZIP FILE IS HERE