“SONG FOR EWE”
with STEVEN BLUSH, AUTHOR
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the author of the book American Hardcore: A Tribal History which later got turned into a film American Hardcore. In the 80s he was a gig promoter in Washington DC and a tour manager, founder of Seconds magazine and he’s also written for publications including Spin, High Times, The Village Voice and Details. Welcome to Velvet Sheep, Mr. Steven Blush!
“I recently returned home from vacation to JFK Airport with the family, as we de-planed into the terminal. I sat down my daughter to put on her boots — until I heard that unmistakeable guitar solo emanating from the bar. I dropped everything and walked closer to the speakers. I was immediately transformed back to my teen years, as the only punker in my New Jersey hometown.
Needless to say, no one else in the terminal picked up on the power of what I heard. “Another Girl, Another Planet” by The Only Ones remains one of my all-time obscure favorites.
Peter Perrett’s detached druggy vocals, his strange intergalactic love song lyrics, and that mind-boggling 35-second solo all made for the most perfectly weird punk single of 1978. I’ve been back a few weeks, and I’m still listening to it For better or for worse, it’s one of those songs that’s helped defined the man I would become.
Here’s an unbelievably intoxicated and revved-up rendition on French TV, 1979″