Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Sonny Boy" by Mick Harvey (based on a demo by Jeffrey Lee Pierce)

A forgotten cassette found in an attic. Nascent musical sketches, demos and ideas recorded on the go by Jeffrey Lee Pierce of Gun Club fame. Enter Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, The Jim Jones Revue, Kid Congo Powers, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, Youth’s Vertical Smile, Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Warren Ellis, Barry Adamson, Bertrand Cantat & Pascal Humbert, Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw, Hugo Race, Dom Beken and Kris & Michelle Needs who take these fragments and turn them into songs. Songs that fit in a tribute album to the man himself, Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Mick Harvey's "Sonny Boy" is certainly a standout track in the album. It brings to mind timeless classic rock songs sung by either Patti Smith or Marianne Faithfull in their prime. The sparse arrangement of the song is all that is needed to bring out the haunting melody. It's as if someone (certainly Jeffrey Lee Pierce) has tapped the very soul of America and extracted only the best and essential ingredients that are needed to make a classic song.

A pinch of rock n' roll, a little blues, a few grams of punk and there you have it. Jeffrey Lee Pierce would certainly be proud of this one.

Listen to:

Mick Harvey - Sonny Boy

The song can be found in the album "The Journey is Long: The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project" under the Glitterhouse Label.

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