F. Brett Cox - Two Musical Obituaries
Feb. 18th, 2010
08:12 pm - Two Musical Obituaries
Doug Fieger, 1952-2010. Lead singer for The Knack, whose "My Sharonna" was inescapable in 1979 and has managed to stick around ever after. With all due respect to the late Mr. Fieger, I was never able to regard either the band or its biggest hit as anything other than processed new-wave product. But it was a big, loud, energetic presence when I was in college. I always had fun listening to it, and I hope he had fun performing it.
Dale Hawkins, 1936-2010. Composer and performer of "Susie Q." Here, on the other hand, is the uncut stuff. The sound exemplified by Hawkins’ original performance—reverb-drenched rockabilly, recently emerged from the swamp—may be my favorite musical sound. And if you really want to get primitive, check out the original demo.