Monday, March 23, 2015
And More On The Left Banke
In the wake of the Left Banke leader Michael Brown's passing, I have of course, been listening to the Left Banke. Though as I said in the earlier post, I have always been listening to the Left Banke.
That debut record is barely a half hour long and their follow-up, "The Left Banke Too," has very little to do with Michael Brown. There are two very good records by the Stories, but the band's only hit, "Brother Louie," was not written by Michael Brown. Another Brown project was "Montage." Good record, but...so what? The Beckies? Anyone?
So how does someone get labelled "genius" based on 28 minutes of music? And in reality, it's more like 10 minutes of "hit" music? More of a conundrum is, I'm not disputing it.
Even if the Left Banke's debut is not your cup of tea and you are not quite on board with Michael Brown's "genius," I still pose the following question-
How many other debut records, by a single artist or band, have had such a powerful and lasting impact, without a follow-up and without getting tossed into a forgettable pile of one-hit wonders?