“SONG FOR EWE”
with NATHAN STREJCEK of
THE TEEN IDLES & YOUTH BRIGADE
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today, the man and musician in question has his birthday. When I first heard his band/s on the Washington DC compilation “Flex Your Head“, it was like the first day in my life. You could be angry, have short hair and play loud music but not be an asshole. You could have a political conscience, not have to drink yourself into oblivion, and yet still be punk. He was in not one but two cult hardcore bands that helped kick off the legendary Dischord Records, The Teen Idles and then Youth Brigade. I’ve always been a sucker for a sub two minute song, and this guy’s written several corkers. And if it wasn’t for “Flex Your Head” I wouldn’t have got into Wire, loved The Stooges “No Fun” as much as I have, or realised that The Monkees could be punky. He’s literally been the Stepping Stone in my early musical education – it’s Nathan Strejcek!
Nathan Strejcek‘s first band The Teen Idles also featured Geordie Grindle, Ian McKaye and Jeff Nelson. As you know McKaye and Nelson went onto form Minor Threat and Dischord Records, which Strejcek also helped run in the early days.
Jeff Nelson has a strong Velvet Sheep connection – he has always been super communicative and mega charming in correspondence (usually when I’ve been buying merch from Dischord including my own “Flex Your Head” tee-shirt worn proudly in Welling, Kent) and was the author of the first ever “Song For Ewe”, where he chose a classic by Lesley Gore, and got me into a surreal but engaging three-way e-mail chain with UK indie icon Martin Carr of the Boo Radleys of which more another day…
I have long loved Nathan Strejcek’s Youth Brigade songs “Moral Majority” and “Last Word” so I was chuffed when Nathan got back to me and agreed to have a word about a song he’s enjoyed lately. And not only that but send me some great pics with DC icons and band mates from the Washington DC punk doc “Salad Days”…
I wasn’t surprised by his choice but it did make me go back and listen to “Pink Flag” all week, of which I’m very grateful!
IT’S OVER TO NATHAN
“Thanks for putting me in such great company.
“Mannequin” by Wire. Great band on one of the best albums of all time. Listening to Pink Flag over the past few weeks I discovered a new favorite song off the album (#12 and counting) to get stuck in my head. I had to hear it again today because the ooohs in the chorus kept replaying in my head. Now the la la la las are stuck there.”
1-2-THANK-U TO NATHAN, AND BIRTHDAY VIBES FROM LONDON TO D.C.