Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Song of the Day: 'Crush' by the Oblivious

As longtime readers know, I'm kind of obsessed with Holly Beth Vincent, best remembered for writing the song "Tell That Girls to Shut Up," which was recently heard on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." Not only do I think she's the most underrated woman of the New Wave -- she was right there with Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde in my book -- I'm fascinated and heartened that she has continued to find new ways to make music even after her "next big thing" moment passed (The Oblivious, Vowel Movement, CD Baby). I recently located her on Facebook, and if I'm not mistaken, it looks like she and a reformed version of her band The Italians are playing an upcoming gig at the Redwood Bar in Los Angeles, one I sadly will not be able to attend, Please reach out if you're going. If you're going, please know that I need to know EVERYTHING! (How about a return to NYC, Holly Beth?) 

An '80s gal has a '90s moment ...

Fun discovery on HBV's wall ... I'd forgotten just how beloved Cheap Trick was by the alternative crowd. 

Also found this photo on the Waitresses' Discogs page. Although it's widely known that Patty Donahue was briefly replaced by Holly during the fractious recording sessions for "Bruiseology," I had no idea Polydor ever set up any photo sessions. As I said when it was first released, it was a real missed opportunity to not include any of the songs Holly Beth recorded with the band on the 2013 "Just Desserts" compilation, which was purported to be their "complete recordings." Anyone have access to any of those? 

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