Troubled Youth Week continues with a sick ditty from Elton John and his dark-minded lyricist foil Bernie Taupin that originally appeared on 1972′s Honky Château. It’s utterly unimaginable in today’s climate that a major rock star would sing something of this ilk, but even in his day this was quite gallows-rich. Thankfully, long before he was Sir Elton he had a pretty big pair on him. Nice Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band shout-out in intro.
When folks list off guitar heroes of the last 25 years, Todd Park Mohr is often wrongfully overlooked. Anyone who’s caught Big Head Todd and the Monsters since they formed in Colorado in the mid-80s knows the man can make wood ‘n’ strings cry, laugh and all sorts of other nifty things. Mohr is a serious, fiercely melodic player whose technique shows that he’s paid attention to both rock and jazz guys, and though he can solo with the best of them, he’s often at his finest riding in the musculature of his tunes and moving in step with his voice. Todd and the Monsters are in lively, fine form on their latest, Rocksteady (released July 20), where they touch on Howlin’ Wolf, The Rolling Stones and another pile of very well crafted originals which let Mohr show off his full range nicely.
With Outside Lands soon hitting Golden Gate Park again (August 14-15), we wanted to share this snap of Eddie Vedder flying the single digit salute from last year’s festival. Our pal Dave Vann took the shot, and has been known to shoot the bird at the Impound’s Chief Instigator, who likely deserved it.
No one mopes about quite like Ryan Adams, whose catalog is littered with candidates for Troubled Youth Week. We decided to let Senor Moodswing rest his pipes and instead have the Dave Rawlings Machine work over this gem, co-written by Rawlings, from Ryan’s solo debut, Heartbreaker.
In this edition: Hiss Golden Messenger, I’m Going Where The Water Drinks Like Wine, Wintersleep, Stuart Moxham, The Heavy Guilt, Max Richte, Arcade Fire, PVT, Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz and Wild Nothing.
It ain’t easy being young. All those hormones and hard-ons. It jumbles up a body something awful. There, there, rock ‘n’ roll understands. And for the next week we’ll present some of our favorite troubled youth tunes, starting with this bark-along classic from The Tubes at their bedazzled, bugged-out best. Seeing this band as a prepubescent lad put the ultra-zap on Dennis’ head and perhaps helps explain his fascination with oddities like Of Montreal, Roger and Eno-era Roxy Music. The Tubes in their 70s glory were a fabulous gateway drug.
This was taken at Tea Leaf‘s first Fillmore show, a milestone for the SF band. Right before the show this shot came together in the backstage dressing room. The band seemed anxious but guitarist Josh Clark still managed to keep it loose by turning sideways. He didn’t mess around minutes later when they started what would turn out to be a stellar rock ‘n’ roll show.