Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Someday, Someway: Marshall Crenshaw's Subscription Series
It's been 30 years since Marshall Crenshaw's debut, and I still can't shake just how good it made me feel in 1982. It was, and still is, a perfect record from head to tail. Ten years after that, Marshall released "Life's Too Short," and it just happens to be my second favorite Crenshaw record. A bit bigger in sound, but every nuance, every hook and harmony was pure Marshall.
(In between, he gave us "Field Day," "Downtown," "Mary Jean & 9 Others," and "Good Evening." Just wanted to remind everyone. That's one great run!)
In 2009, Marshall released "Jaggedland," one of the strongest records of his career. This one finds the musician still wearing his influences on his sleeve, with songs that borrow from John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Duane Eddy and more. It's a beautiful album, with strong songs and a vibe that exemplifies a musician who knows how to age gracefully.
I say all this now, and hopefully not too late, because I love what Marshall Crenshaw is trying to achieve with this subscription series. I would love to see this happen, as I know all of you M.C. fans would, as well. 1982's "Marshall Crenshaw" was not a fluke. The man can still make some damn fine music.
So, please take a look at the video. Maybe you'll feel compelled to back him up. I did.