Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues - Chuck Prophet

from the album Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins (2017)

When I first fell under the spell of music, it was largely driven by horn bands, like Stevie Wonder and Chicago.

As time rolled on, I found myself increasingly attracted to "articulate power pop", in particular the music of Elvis Costello, Squeeze, and Nick Lowe.  They were such great lyricists, so witty, yet so profound, and funny, to boot.

As the years wore on, and their edge been to wane, I found myself in search of "replacement bands" that combined my need for witty and intelligent lyrics with a rock and roll sensibility.

Somewhere in the mid-to-late eighties, I stumbled across Green on Red, The Dream Syndicate, and their variations (particularly Danny & Dusty).  It was all on display, with the "British Pub vibe replaced by some kine of LA-inspired, post-whatever vibe.  I dug it, and have been enamored with the music of Chuck Prophet ever since.

Hard to believe it has been thirty years.

On his new album - Bobby Fuller Died for Our Sins - Chuck Prophet successfully delivers on the elusive, high triumph of an album of thirteen incredible tunes.  The subject matter is stellar.  The death of 23 year-old rocker Bobby Fuller, the execution of Alex Nieto by San Francisco police, a tribute to the lovely Connie Britton, and the "prophetic" Jesus Was A Social Drinker.

But the song I dig most is Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues.  Something about the bass groove, backing vocals, and guitar solo grabs me.  So does the breakdown with pulsing bass leading back to the reprise.  Roll down the windows and crank this up.

Click Here to listen to Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues.