New Music For Old People: Marianne Faithfull, Frazey Ford, Weezer

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. Marianne Faithfull – “She”

A cover of a song written by Savage Garden mainstays Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes, it sounds like Marianne could’ve written it and that’s a great way to pick outside songs if one writes as well. Throw in a perfect arrangement by Twin Peaker Angelo Badalamenti and you’ve got another perfect track from Marianne. What a gem Andrew Lou Goldman (what I call him) discovered way back when.

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2. Frazey Ford – “September Fields”

No, it’s not the secret daughter of Gerald and Lita Ford. The Canadian former lead singer of the Be Good Tanyas hitched to Memphis and recorded with the Hodges Brothers, who play on all those vintage Al Green tracks. I can play this over and over and just melt over the organ playing. Frazey has a nice voice, I just wish I could understand more of the lyrics. I had to write out for you the words that I actually hear. Play this and read along. All corrections are welcome in the Comments section. If, in fact, these ARE the real lyrics, she knows many things I don’t. For instance: why this song is called “September Fields”? Maybe she’s Totie Fields‘ secret daughter…

Well, all you have to do is wander
Low bar shoes they’re all hog-tied
Do you fire yourself ting-a-ling all lonesome
Do you rave in your bod and in your mind

Do you weiner by the streets of your light, hell yeah!
I saw you passing there in the streetlights
Do you ha-ay-ate old soul moan
and are you holding holding on so tight

You say that’s what you have and ever rind
A whole lotta nothin’ for your time
And have you sent in down in your bones
Do you tour and tang tang and tang all night
And are you holding holding on so tight

3. Weezer – “We Are All On Drugs”

I think they are trying to ratify this as the state song of Colorado now. Hunter Thompson died too soon to see drugs made legal in his State of gracelessness. For all us folks from the first ’60s and ’70s, this is a damn good theme song and a great way to end this week. Weezer Wools! Take Weezer Out Da Freezer!

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

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