Wednesday, 27 June 2012

WEDNESDAY CLUB - John Phillips - Topanga Canyon

MIDWEEK CRISIS you're stuck in your room, come to WEDNESDAY CLUB we've got John Phillips, he'll take you to the Long Barn

JOHN PHILLIPS - Topanga Canyon(1970)

I was laying in bed, I had been there for 3 week and was seriously pissed off. I had an operation on my foot and because of diabetes I had a nurse come everyday to administer intravenously strong antibiotics in case of infection. (never once was I offered a bed bath)  I had to stay with my foot up. I decided to ask the nurse if I could drink alcohol and she said yes, in moderation.

In moderation my ass! ha! ha! ha!.

Shellhunter came home from work, it was a beautiful sunny day and I said  'we're going down the pub!'  in my best possible Jimmy Pursey imitation . With the aid of crutches, that is exactly what we did. It was great, I had escaped my room, my tomb. We sat there in the sun and I had more than several beautiful pints of cool lager. Probably one of the best and most memorable sessions I have ever had.

John Phillip's 'Topanga Canyon' was on a Uncut sampler which I was playing in my room at the time and it just blew me away. It must be one of the saddest songs I have ever heard. The tragedy and realisation the he was trapped in the grip of drugs. It was on a re-released album by John (John, The Wolf King of L.A.), which I missed first time round. That was rectified immediately. 
Everyone thought I was smarter
There is a controversial story about John if you want to follow it up. He may have had a long standing affair with his daughter Mackenzie (Nothing to do with me, Mackenzie is my surname). Interested?

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27 June 2012 at 14:10

'The Wolf King of L.A.' is a great record. Oddly, I've been meaning to play it again for a week or so now. You've prompted me to take some action. Cheers! Note how Bob ripped off the cover for 'Desire'.

27 June 2012 at 14:34

Yes I was going to mention that....strange! is it a coincidence?...I'm sure these Dylan experts will have an explanation!

28 June 2012 at 08:56

Nice. Will have to give this a few more listens

11 August 2012 at 11:00

Wish I had been there. Thought it was a pleasant enough song until I actually listened to the lyrics, pretty brutal especially the first few lines....what's he waiting for?