Wednesday, March 21, 2012
It's All Part Of My Rock & Roll Fantasy: Part Two
On April 3rd, a new Dr. John record will be released. It's called "Locked Down" and it was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. You can read more HERE, as well as listen to the very hot first single "Revolution."
Back in September of 2010, I wrote a piece titled "It's All Part Of My Rock & Roll Fantasy." It was a follow-up to one of my Clapton bashing posts written after hearing yet another lousy Clapton record. I somewhat irresponsibly titled that post, "Dear Eric Clapton, Please Stop Making Records." This caused a furor. Who the hell was I to tell ol' "Slowhand" to stop making records? I mean, could I play guitar? What right did I have to an opinion?
Well, I defended myself, but also changed direction for the follow-up, which was based on this idea:
"If aging rock stars can no longer make the magic of their heyday, what should they be doing?"
Listening to the Dr. John, who I'd like to point out, has maintained a real consistency in his 40-plus year career, I thought, "This is one genius pairing." The raw grit and textures of the Black Keys oeuvre is perfect for "The Night Tripper." If this New Orleans legend was to put out one more "Gris Gris," who better than Dan Auerbach to help him get there?
So, I'm resurrecting the "rock and roll fantasy" for another round?
Since none of my original dream projects have yet to come true, I'm posting the same ones again.
1. Bill Withers with Joe Henry or Rick Rubin producing, an acoustic soul record with no gimmicks. (Though, some may think having Rick Rubin on board is a gimmick.)
2. David Bowie dumps Tony Visconti as a producer, and strips everything down for a new record. Visconti and Bowie have been long time collaborators, and I happen to really like the last few Bowie records, especially "Heathen" and "Reality." But, I often wonder how much better those records would be if every inch of tape hadn't been utitlized. Visconti's production is so bombastic, it's hard to discern what's being played by which instrument.
3. The Jules Shear/Marshall Crenshaw record. In the early 90's these two wrote together and played a few rare live dates together. This really was magic. Their voices had an Everlys quality that worked perfectly over their pop tunes.
4. Speaking of duets, how about the Daryl Hall/Todd Rundgren record? Todd's appearance on Daryl's internet program, Live From Daryl's House was the perfect preview of the magic these two can make when in the same room.
5. A Paul McCartney acoustic/ballads record. When looking at the track lists of his last 10 records, it was all the rockers that sucked and all the piano or acoustic based mid-tempo songs that moved me.
6. Speaking of Macca, how about that McCartney/McManus record? Paul and Elvis already have a dozen demos in the can. And they are really good, so...
7. As a new Facebook friend from New Orleans just said, "When I die, don't let Don Was touch any of my records." Huzzah! How about Mick & Keith and Charlie and Darryl, if Bill won't do it, and maybe Mick T. along with Ronnie, just make a country/rock record with no outside producer and no special guests or female vocalists.
8. Roy Wood backed by Cheap Trick. They've covered Roy enough, and Roy's voice can still make you weep. But he needs to ditch the all-girl horn section, and really get the comeback on track.
9. Dwight Twilley backed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. RIGHT? It's time for all involved to make this record.
10. Sadly, after all this, I can't find placement for Eric Clapton. Maybe that's it. Maybe he can't either. Maybe he's as bored as we are. I mean, collaborations with Babyface, Sheryl Crow, and Timbaland could suck the life out of anyone.
What are your dream projects?