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Thankfully, our regular guest spot contributor Jon has taken a break from teaching his two young Padawans (daughters) the ways of the Jedi and written another great post:-
Steve Earle - 'Copperhead Road' (1988)
I remember hearing this track for the first time at the age of 14 on an afternoon show on Radio 1 (yes, really - I forget who the DJ was but the likes of Andy Kershaw were playing slightly more eclectic stuff than the standard Hit Factory fayre at the time). Over the following 5 minutes my assumptions and preconceptions of a genre that I had always mentally put in a big bin labelled "Uncool" melted away. Country music was suddenly no longer in my mind a bunch of bad songs with dodgy lyrics sung by people pretending to be cowboys dressed in crimes against fashion. This was hard-edged rockabilly country with unusually left-leaning politics, and put country music on the map for me, until Billy Ray Cyrus killed the vibe temporarily in the early 90s.
|Damn you Billy Ray!!|
Sure, I may not have been able to relate directly to the lyrics - I'd never grown dope, distilled moonshine or served in Vietnam. I was a slightly geeky middle-class UK suburban kid. But the simple, raw delivery spoke to me and painted a pretty vivid picture. Copperhead Road got more radio airplay than I ever thought possible and very nearly broke into the all-important Top 40, but stalled just outside. A mate of mine had the album which I duly borrowed and was on near continuous play for the next month or so - especially side 1 (ask your parents, kids) which was by far the more up-tempo side.
Much more recently at the start of 2011 Kate and I watched The Wire seasons 1 to 5 pretty much back to back on a nightly basis. Steve Earle had a cameo role in a very art imitating life way as a recovering drug addict musician. I barely recognised him from my late 80s memories - in fact it wasn't until his character's reappearance in later seasons that I realised it was him. His rendition of The Wire's opening track - Tom Waits' "Way Down In The Hole" in the final season was spot on though and made me dig out Copperhead Road again It's had regular outings ever since.
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