Listen -The Bad Seeds – King of the Soap Box – MP3
I hope everyone has had themselves a nice week and is preparing for an even nicer weekend.
Here in NJ, if we want “nice” it’ll have to be indoors since we appear to be in the middle of an extended monsoon.
That said, listening to fine vintage music is always a great indoor activity, guaranteed to make you forget that the rain is preventing you from ogling the fall foliage or picking apples (maybe it’s better you stay indoors after all??).
The tune I bring you today is the flipside of a track that was featured in an Iron Leg Digital Trip mix a while back.
I can’t tell you much about the Bad Seeds, other than this set of pips hailed from Kentucky, as opposed to the more famous Texas group from the 60s (or the much later Nick Cave backing band, but I don’t suspect you thought it was them anyway). I’ve also seen a reference that this 45 was actually recorded in New York City, but I cannot confirm it.
The tune I feature today is the jingly-jangly ‘King of the Soap Box’. Featuring some excellent production (from someone named Mersey*) and a vocalist who sounds a LOT like Sal Valentino of the Beau Brummels, ‘King of the Soap Box’ is a bit of period-specific, sub-Dylan protest/folk rock. I mention the production because unlike hundreds of other similar records, the Bad Seeds 45 sounds like it was actually recorded in a fancy, high-falutin’ studio, as opposed to a converted chicken coop in Dust Fart, Texas. There are folks out there who would attempt to convince you that such an attribute is a negative thing, praising the Dust Fart “sound” as the ne plus ultra of all things garage, but as someone who enjoys listening to music for reasons other than “authenticity” (i.e. the excuse a lot of heads use when they are confronted with records suffering from a wide variety of technical limitations), I really dig the booming snare drums and chiming guitars on ‘King of the Soap Box’.
I wish I knew more about the band, but I don’t. If you do, drop me a line.
I hope you dig the jangle and I’ll be back on Monday.
*Interestingly enough, Robert Mersey spent the majority of his time producing and arranging decidedly middle-of-the-road fare by the likes of Bobby Vinton, Patti Page, Andy Williams and Doris Day. How he ended up twisting the knobs on this one I do not know.