1 – Mr. Harris – Aimee Mann – Aimee takes on ageism and beats it, spelling out the joys of romance with a man older than her father and Aimee handles it with so much dignity it makes you ache: “and you’ve waited so long and I’ve waited long enough for you” she claims, and a beautiful flute takes you on an instrumental. She can’t do this any more, you know – A
2 – Humpty Dumpty – Aimee Mann – In many ways the album was the beginning of the end of my Aimee Mann romance romance, maybe an album earlier and this saw it off, but this is a lovely piece of deep melancholia either way -B-
3 – I’m Cured – Aimee Mann – Her latest track, from last year, acoustic strummer – B
4 – The Farthest Light – Freedy Johnston – His maybe third greatest moment, never has a man gotten so much out of a story that works slowly as a metaphor. This reminds me indelibly of one of the worst moments in my life, watching a woman I loved drive away from me without looking back, I could see her reach for her cell phone to call the man she would eventually marry and I was standing there as the light changed and I felt this profound sense of loneliness, that never really lifts even now – A+
5 – Ghost World – Aimee Mann – The most perfect summer song ever by any one at any time for the ternal teen in all of us watching the summer waste away – A+
6 – All Summer Long – The Beach Boys – Or do I mean this one? – A+
7 – Fun, Fun, Fun – The Beach Boys – The best intro Chuck Berry never wrote – A+
8 – All Summer Long – Kid Rock – His last great song took a Warren Zevon classic and looked back in nostalgia – A-
9 – Sexy Cutie – Charlie Funk – He is filming the video tomorrow! and if it is half as hot as the song, it should be steaming.
10 – The New Day – Come home to Jesus! Doncker’s genius has never been more apparent to me, the great Iris DeMent has had problems translating poetry to lyric, nobody does it this well – A+
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!