Pete Patton won the first Lunch Quiz here at Rock Remnants, and so gets to program a Breakfast Blend. He lives in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside and works as a terrorism analyst. He says, “My life was thrown upside down when I first heard the Byrds and I was saved by Quadrophenia my junior year in high school, 16 years after it was released.”
Editors note: “Terrorist Analyst?” Tell me more.
The Poets I found out about on the Nuggets II set. I liked the name and was captured by their outfits. I believe all the original members save one, are now deceased. Here is one of their two big singles from Decca, “That’s The Way It’s Got To Be,” from 1965. Wooden Spoon: Singles Anthology 1964-1967 is available as an import I think:
Jumping ahead a few decades, another Glasgow-based band The Orange Juice. I always thought Edwyn Collins was an overlooked genius of the 80’s alternative scene. James Kirk and Steven Daly left after the first record and Collins kept going on with the help of Zeke Manyika, a drummer from Zimbabwe, to critical acclaim but not commercial success. Collins would be more remembered these days for his hypnotoc hit “A Girl Like You,” from 1995. Collins suffered a stroke and went into a coma and was hospitalized for six months. The road of his recovery can be seen in the documentary, “The Possibilities Are Endless.” There are so many Orange Juice songs to choose from but thought this version of “Rip it Up,” from the Old Grey Whistle Test from their 1982 album of the same name couldn’t be beat:
Teenage Fanclub, a band inspired by The Orange Juice and Aztec Camera but none so much as Big Star and The Byrds. Their 1991 album Bandwagonesque beat out Nirvana in Spin’s album of the year in 1991. Their whole catalog is a must own with the memorizing Gene Clark off their surprisingly maligned “Thirteen” album being a favorite. In my mind these were the guys who made Creation Records what it was long before the Gallagher Brothers came around. This track is “What You Do To Me,” from Bandwagonesque. They made an impression on Alex Chilton as described in his new biography, “A Man Called Destruction.”