Thursday, March 11, 2021

Song of the Day: 'Love Letter' by Holly Beth Vincent

Don't get me wrong, I'm under no illusions that people read these posts and become superfans of obscure artists I pick. But it was fun seeing that Annette Zilinskas -- aka founding and current (but not "classic era") bassist of the Bangles -- also sees the genius in Holly Beth Vincent, calling today's Song of the Day a "cross between Joan Jett and Patti Smith" when she shared it on Facebook. After releasing just one album with her band called the Italians (1981's "The Right to Be Italian"), Vincent released one solo record the following year (confusingly titled "Holly and the Italians") before fading in and out of the music business over the past four decades. Although she has been frequently unsigned -- at one point she recorded as The Oblivious, then she did an album with Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde -- her creative prowess has never wavered, with today's gem turning up on "Demos Federico," a 2002 two-disc collection on the reissue label Wounded Bird. What a shame the music business never figured out "what to do" with her, because more people should know her music.

1 comment:

CJ said...

Kenneth, I appreciate your blog, and especially your music posts. I picked up my love of Chvrches from you, and you've reminded me of my fondness for music from earlier times, from Romeo Void, Everything But The Girl, even the Galaxy Glue song from the Incredible Shrinking Woman. Just wanted to say, thanks for sharing!