Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jason and the Nashville Scorchers

from their Fervor EP

Gahd I love this cover

Gahd I hate 1980s video, especially low-budget.

Makes "Never Was That Strong" and "RFD" seem a little better, though. . . .

PS Hey MythyMonkey, was the Orchid really "world famous"? Was it wild wild wild?


Mythical Monkey said...

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge? It was where all the music stars hung out in Nashville. As I recall they used to sneak out the stage door exit of The Grand Ole Opry House and booze up at the Orchid Lounge between sets.

The other place to go back in the day was Printer's Alley, an actual alley running between Church and Broadway, if memory serves. Held every men's club and dive bar in town. Lot of deals cut in smoke-filled rooms there back in the day.

But that was back in the day. Back in the late 80's early 90s, Nashville's downtown experienced the same sort of Disneyfied renaissance New York's Time Square did, which was good in the sense that a trash-strewn low-rent dead zone was turned back into a vibrant economic and cultural center. At the same time though it became a bit more generic, with the same Planet Hollywood type environment everybody else enjoys.

Although come to think of it, prostitutes and vomiting drunks also look pretty much the same everywhere.

Overall, a huge net gain for Nashville ...

The Jestaplero said...

In 1984 I was living in Ithaca when my friends and I heard FERVOR. Two weeks later we had formed a country-punk band, The Ackley Kids, and booked ourselves into The Haunt. We covered "Help There's a Fire."

A couple of weeks after that show I was home in NoVa over break, and I went to see J&TNS at the (aulde) 9:30 Club (with Randi Barros). They played two sets. At the end of the first set, as the bassist (Perry Boggs? RIP?) was leaving the stage, I thrust my hand out and yelled "I'm in a band and we do Help There's a Fire!" He yelled back "Come with me!" and dragged us downstairs into the dressing room where much frivolity ensued and I discovered that under the 10-gallon hat, Jason Ringenberg was bald.

"Buy myself a POP-sicle take her to the DIS-co, BAY-bee...."

mister muleboy said...

yer like a bird out on a why-err

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Hey, wait a minute -- I like this low-budget 80s video! :-)

Cool to get a glimpse of the riverboat captain at about 1:45 … and seriously, i just like the whole low-budget thing being set in a low-budget town.

I've had a lot of fun in bars like that!

But at least we can agree this is one of the best covers of any Dylan song by anybody anywhere. When I think of what else I like ... well Joan Baez & Earl Scruggs doing Love is Just a 4-Letter Word; then I guess Neil Young on any number of things, maybe Tom Thumb's Blues; Hendrix of course on Along the Watchtower, and Johnny Winter on Hwy 61. And the Scorchers are definitely right in there with that bunch, not even a step behind. I never saw them live but 2 (two) (dos) people I respect have told me they were the best live show they ever saw ...

l'il jimmy watson said...

Who, I spent way too much energy working to try to make some low-budget 80s videos -- only to find that I had. And they haunt me!

I now wish that I'd loaded one that wasn't intentionally distorted -- I may have to go back and put one up.

But at least they serve to help me appreciate the Scorchers-quality vids!

The Jestaplero said...

Dylan covers I like (off the top o' me head):

Just about anything by the Byrds, the Band, and the Flying Burrito Brothers
Quinn the Eskimo - Manfred Mann
If Not For You - George Harrison
When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band
Like a Rolling Stone - The Rolling Stones
I'll Keep it with Mine - Nico
It Ain't Me Babe - Johnny and June Carter Cash
Every Grain of Sand - Emmylou Harris
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Mary Lou Lord (an idea stolen by Shawn Colvin), also the Grahame Davies/Muleboy version at No Blood on the Tracks Benefit
Masters of War - Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams at the Dylan/Harrathon

A story about that last one...

I accidentally booked two bands to do "Masters of War" that night, Erica and Plastic Beef.

We decided to put Erica on early in the first set, Plastic Beef later in the second set. And I announced to the crowd that we were doing this as I introduced the 99 Cent Dreams.

They proceeded to absolutely lay waste to the Freddys Back Room, with an apocalyptic, destructo-jazz-hard rock version that was so devastating that when it was finally over, the crowd sat there in stunned silence.

After a few seconds, Dave Benjoya broke the silence by yelling out "Ha ha! You're fucked, Filosa (PBeef guy)!"