Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"Bad Apples" (Rated R)
When my friends K&D first pitched the New Orleans Jazz Fest to me, it wasn't the first pitch I had gotten. That honor goes to my friend Mike. He had talked about it for years and it sounded great. And I'd smile and nod and eat some pizza and listen to David Bowie. But then in 1998, K&D had a slide show and music and booze and red beans and rice, and this song. (I know you're reading Mike, so no worries pal. You brought your "A-Game" many times since.)
Penned by one of my favorite songwriters, the grossly underappreciated Alex McMurray, whose 2009 release "How To Be A Cannonball" made my Top 20 of the year, here is "Bad Apples." As K of K&D first presented it, "This is one nasty-ass song."
Ten years, hundreds of live shows, and countless tent hops later, this song, subject matter notwithstanding...ah f**k it... subject matter withstanding, damnit...this song will always set the Jazz Fest table for me. Hilarious, mean-spirited and just so much fun.