Tuesday, February 06, 2007

You Hang Around Me And I'll Undo Your Mind

My hero Lee Hazlewood has just released what he says is his final album, Cake or Death (he has been diagnosed with renal cancer). He's not going out like Johnny Cash with a series of stark Final Statements - the new album sounds about as weird as anything in his catalogue (a version of 'Some Velvet Morning' performed by his eight-year-old granddaughter Phaedra, for instance). Sorry to hear he's gotta go.

This is the man who in one lifetime brought us Duane Eddy, Phil Spector, Gram Parsons and Nancy Sinatra. So of course he's in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Correction - of course he isn't.)

From his TV special to go with his country-psych masterpiece Cowboy In Sweden - "Hey Cowboy"; I'm a sucker for Little Red Riding Hood / Big Bad Wolf duets and this is one of the sleaziest.


tintarchive said...

Sometimes it's great when people are left of the Hall of Fame list. He's an oddball and an outsider and I hope he never gets in because that would just lower him to the level of the crap that often does.

Jesse said...

There is that...