Drive Somewhere: The Saga of the Vulgar Boatmen

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http://drivevulgarboatmen.com/

Now this is a roc doc I can get excited about. Has anyone here seen it? I guess one can order it for ten paypal dollars on the above site, which I just might do.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 March 2013 06:55 (seven years ago) link

can't believe this band had enough of a following to warrant a documentary (not a knock, just surprise). cool.

akm, Saturday, 23 March 2013 15:41 (seven years ago) link

Dale sure has written some great songs over the years... I think I liked them more when they were called Right To Left but still classic all the way.

sleeve, Saturday, 23 March 2013 18:35 (seven years ago) link

OK, just ordered this.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 March 2013 01:04 (seven years ago) link

I have this. The Boatmen are one of my alltime favorite bands. The music is obviously great. The live footage with Robert Ray is absolutely spectacular, especially Heartbeat. But as a rock doc, let's just say the director is not exactly DA Pennrbaker.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 24 March 2013 01:40 (seven years ago) link

This article about them from Perfect Sound Forever is an old favorite: http://www.furious.com/perfect/vulgarboatmen.html. Really like the discussion of influences and nostalgia.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 March 2013 02:20 (seven years ago) link

Here's Dale talking about Buddy Holly's Apartment Tapes on NPR: http://www.npr.org/2003/11/07/1496872/buddy-hollys-little-known-encore

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 March 2013 03:04 (seven years ago) link

Arrgh. Remove the 's'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yWElrMei80

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 March 2013 01:45 (seven years ago) link

can't believe this band had enough of a following to warrant a documentary (not a knock, just surprise). cool.

― akm, Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:41 AM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

silkworm got one! anything can happen!

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 29 March 2013 02:08 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

This got lost in the mail and finally arrived this weekend. I thought it was pretty good, learned various details I was not quite aware of, such as Robert growing up in Memphis and seeing Elvis when he was young and the Seymour Stein snafu. Actually interested to read some of Robert's film writing.

Roddenberry Beret (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:55 (seven years ago) link

Robert Ray is no spring chicken. I think he was in his mid 40s when You and Your Sister Came Out.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 12 June 2013 23:41 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

Great lineup in Chicago tonight -- Vulgar Boatmen, Walter Salas-Humara and Mysteries of Life!

john. a resident of chicago., Wednesday, 27 July 2016 23:00 (four years ago) link

Nice!

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 23:33 (four years ago) link

Twenty-five years since I first saw em and the Vulgar Boatmen still throw down harder than bands 1/2 their age. Love the way Matt Speake casually shreds. Freda Love-Smith from Blake Babies and Mysteries of Life played drums. Walter joined 'em for a ripping versions of All Falls Away, You Look Like Sheila and Michael Hall's Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around. Just fantastic all around. One of the best shows I've seen by them.

john. a resident of chicago., Thursday, 28 July 2016 05:49 (four years ago) link

Cool. Wondering what was the name of that um, supergroup, with Walter and Michael Hall again.

Zing Ad Hoc (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 July 2016 10:51 (four years ago) link

Think it was some kind of dog breed, Retrievers, Setters, something.

Zing Ad Hoc (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:39 (four years ago) link

Man I wish they would play in NY.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 28 July 2016 14:44 (four years ago) link

Me too. Just saw The Feelies so why not The VBs as well.

Zing Ad Hoc (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:04 (four years ago) link

Michael Hall's Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around

The Silos cover of this is seriously one of my alltime favorite songs ever.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:18 (four years ago) link

> Cool. Wondering what was the name of that um, supergroup, with Walter and Michael Hall again.

The Setters w/ Alejandro Escovedo.

> Man I wish they would play in NY.

Pretty sure they don't play outside of Indianapolis/Bloomington/Chicago. If you like Chicago in February, come see their annual show at Schubas.

I read a funny comment by a guy who was asked if he wanted to play bass with them. He said something like, "Sure, but we gotta practice." Apparently they don't practice, so that nixed him.

john. a resident of chicago., Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:06 (four years ago) link

I think I even saw The Setters perform once. Let's put it this way, they gave Little Village a run for their money.

Zing Ad Hoc (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:43 (four years ago) link

Little Village! Notoriously illin', appropriately for a rootsupergroup whose name apparently came from a Sonny Boy Williamson (or was it H. Wolf) studio eruption. How was the album?

xgau liked Walter's new solo album pretty well in last week's column
http://noisey.vice.com/blog/robert-christgau-expert-witness-leland-sundries

dow, Friday, 29 July 2016 01:58 (four years ago) link

Sorry I was making an inside baseball joke about an underwhelming rootsie "supergroup."

Zing Ad Hoc (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 July 2016 02:00 (four years ago) link

Yeah got that, LV album was underwhelming too, right?

dow, Friday, 29 July 2016 02:03 (four years ago) link

That's my recollection. One theory was that they keep their best songs for their solo projects.

The New Original Human Beatbox (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 July 2016 02:24 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Wide Awake is SO GOOD. Unfortunately, the cheapest copy I can find in the UK is £65. Someone is selling one on Amazon for £250. So.

And thanks for the link to the Silos cover of Let's Take Some Drugs. Sublime.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:51 (two years ago) link

I lost my CD of it but still have the case in hopes that it'll magically appear one day. Been like ten years now. : (

john. a resident of evanston. (john. a resident of chicago.), Sunday, 16 September 2018 18:06 (two years ago) link

I still have my Wide Awake CD. I must have played it 10000 times since I bought it in 2004 or so.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 16 September 2018 20:08 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Still love this band.

Twenty-five years since I first saw em and the Vulgar Boatmen still throw down harder than bands 1/2 their age. Love the way Matt Speake casually shreds. Freda Love-Smith from Blake Babies and Mysteries of Life played drums. Walter joined 'em for a ripping versions of All Falls Away, You Look Like Sheila and Michael Hall's Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around. Just fantastic all around. One of the best shows I've seen by them.

― john. a resident of chicago., Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:49 AM


This sounds awesome.

Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 May 2020 22:01 (nine months ago) link

Still love this band.
Ditto. Particularly love You and Your Sister.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 01:22 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

I've been obsessed with "Drive Somewhere" in the last few days but it's the only song I've heard by them; what else should I listen to?

Lily Dale, Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:03 (two weeks ago) link

If you are obsessing over Drive Somewhere then I'd wager you'll love all of You and Your Sister. They've got that groove running throughout the album.

that's not my post, Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

I guess if you want just to check out 1 or 2 more songs then try "Change the World All Around" or "Mary Jane."

that's not my post, Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:31 (two weeks ago) link

Cool, thank you!

Lily Dale, Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:12 (two weeks ago) link

I've been meaning to seek out You and Your Sister -- it's in good company on someone's top ten in the Spin guide, though I forget whose.

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:34 (two weeks ago) link

Oh, it's Ann Powers. At #7, and followed by Barbara Manning and Jane Siberry :)

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 05:21 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks for the You and Your Sister recommendation! I really like it.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 21 February 2021 19:50 (one week ago) link

Cool!

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 February 2021 20:08 (one week ago) link

Lily go check this out immediately:

http://musicalfamilytree.com/band/right_to_left

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Sunday, 21 February 2021 20:15 (one week ago) link

I seem to get an Error! or Loading... message but no sound.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 February 2021 20:47 (one week ago) link

you might have to download the MP3s to listen

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Sunday, 21 February 2021 22:25 (one week ago) link

Oh, okay. Actually it didn't work on my phone for some reason but is working on my laptop.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 February 2021 23:02 (one week ago) link

for the unaware: Right To Left was Dale Lawrence and Shadow Myers from the Gizmos along with Matt Speake and Eric Baade, active in the mid-to-late 80s

their only listed Discogs release is here:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Black-Brittle-Frisbee/release/3668588

But they also have a fantastic 6-song studio demo that I can YSI I guess? and on that, all songs are credited to Lawrence/Ray.

Only Lawrence and Myers made the transition into the Vulgar Boatmen once Lawrence started working with the Florida band (Robert Ray, Walter Salas-Humara, Cory Crane, etc)

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Sunday, 21 February 2021 23:09 (one week ago) link


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