You know that feeling when you’re going round in circles? I mean big ones, like sometimes its just over the course of an afternoon, but sometimes its from years ago? And I do mean years!
This group called Jason and the Scorchers are coming to Sheffield in Sept, I used to listen to them back in the 80s, it was really off the wall stuff, they come from Nashville, and have been categorised as “CowPunk” which is a bit comedy, cos punk was always very urban, not country, but I liked that about them, cos I was a country boy too, and I loved urban punk, but there wasn’t anything for country boys in punk really, all the urban boys were sniffin’ glue, hanging out in PVC gear and doing urban things, and tho I was a country boy, I had no desire to go to a barn dance, at least not until CowPunk came along! What a great idea! It was really just rock n roll, but it was damn good and smoking’ hot stuff! I loved that band and bought several albums over the next 10 yrs I should think, cos I was def still listening to them when I was still “me” in the 90s. I remember a pal used to come from next door and we’d play some music, one day he got a strop on about Jason and the Scorchers saying “I don’t see whats so good about them anyway! Well, he liked all that rockabilly stuff, and I just didn’t like that at all hardly, I could do without that!
Anyhow, after that phase of my life, techno and dance stuff came in, and then I don’t know, EBM, all sorts of stuff, I almost forgot about my old roots back there i the country. I’d always been pretty much against country music anyhow, hate the stuff, not the Scorchers, cos they were hot! But no, country, you can keep it – has no use.
So anyway – I don’t do country, that not me ok? But I do do Jason and the Scorchers, oh yes!
So anyhow, because they’re playing in Sheffield in Sept, I pulled out some old records and played em, and I still love those loveable country boys! It took me right back to play that again, I’m gonna go to that gig and see them live in sept, that’ll sure be fun – and thats when I got the feeling I’m going round in circles, big ones, like 25-30yr ones. I was just a good ol’ country boy back then when I first heard them, I remember buying the single and playing it in my friends kitchen, we had a right old laugh – but it was good! This was music to get down too – not in a cool nonchalant way, this was music made you want to just jump into the fray and go Yee-ha!
Thats weird for me, I’m used to music that makes me think hmm, spiritual, or, oh, sad, or sometimes its wowza, funky! I dont do a lot of funk, only if its really good, mostly I like dark and broody, I like aggressive and offensive music, music that attacks and destroys my insecurities and explodes my repressed anxieties. I like music that makes me think – where I have to do maths to figure it out, like a puzzle solving exercise – I want to know what the others think about, I like to voyeur my way through music – there’s a million different musical experiences in my collection, but there’s only one band that says to me “This Is CowPunk!”
So that’s the thing, Who knew I still got CowPunk in me? I didn’t, I’m glad I do tho, cos its fun!
[Edit] Just did a bit of riffmatic, and realised its actually more like 35 yrs since I first started listening to this music – which is a long old time, how did that happen? But since I went on listening for about 10yrs, its only about 25yrs since that point, which isn’t such a long time as all that, or so I tell myself!
You guys might as well regard my posts as messages from beyond the grave!
Now these guys were really more country than punk, here’s some country wailing
And some more high kicking’ stuff!