I went to see M. O’Connor at Lake Compounce in Connecticut 21 August 1990. I think I took a girl I wanted to date (we did not). I don’t remember the opener if there was one, but I do remember that M. O’Connor started her set an hour late, did six to eight songs, and then just … stopped. She left the stage. I seem to recall the band stayed for a bit. Eventually someone came on and said the show was over and the park’s lights came on.
The Hartford Courant said the show was tastefully brief or somesuch.
I remained salty about the show for years, calling it the worst concert I’d ever attended. It probably was better than I chose to remember and I’ve experienced many truly bad shows since.
One of the truisms about cover songs is that they should not make one seek out the better original. M. O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” stands on its own.
The Courant was correct, though. That concert 33 years ago was brief. I would have liked more time to hear her sing. R.I.P.
UPDATE: From John Scalzi,
She was troubled and erratic and brilliant and one of the indelible voices of my generation, and she was fucking right about the Catholic Church, for all the good it did her in this life. Genius doesn’t make for an easy life, but genius she was, and I’m glad that for a time she got to express her particular strain of genius in this world. May she rest well.
She was right about the Catholic Church. That was another touchpoint I had with M. O’Connor, watching that SNL episode, and then asking questions.
Seek out the 0riginal by Tracy Chapman.
I heard M. Combs version several times on a recent road trip. It is fine and pleasant and staid. It lacks the essence and latent energy of the original. It would have been interesting if M. Combs could have done something new with it.
As it is, it is a song written and performed by a Black woman precisely covered by a White man, apparently on purpose.
Aside from that, I remember my Mom being enamored of the song and M. Chapman when Fast Car was released. I didn’t care for it, I said. But I did. Then when Give Me One Reason came out, how could I not give voice to my enjoyment?
Via Stereogum’s Chriss DeVille:
Recently, while reflecting on how nice a Kate Bush-style viral comeback would be, XTC’s Andy Partridge said he no longer writes new songs and is “waiting for my music mojo to return, in between researching UFO events.” I guess his music mojo returned? Patridge has a new band called the 3 Clubmen, and their debut single is out now.
The Papa Jojo Radio Show is on another semi-indefinite time off until it’s not a hiatus any more.
In the mean time, I’ll post about about music that I love and care about.
Stay Strong, my friends!
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The Papa Jojo Radio Show needs to take a break for a spell, with plans to be back in late March or early April. This site and the various socials will be here if any y’all got a question, comment, or consternation.
In the mean time, keep listening to The Wall.
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The day job needs me to work late tonight, so no Papa Jojo Radio for you, sadly. The system does a pretty good job of queueing up songs that I might play between 6-9P ET, so tune in to WAWL.org. Stay strong!
Welcome back to the show! It was rough for all of us being off last week, but it was worth it (for me 😼). My sweetie and I were in New Orleans last week. We caught some Mardi Gras parades (Cork and Barkus), ate a lot of good food, and heard some sweet music.
Which you’ll have to tune in for next week, where I’ll probably do some NOLA music for the most Mardi of Gras. In the mean time, check out some of the new music I’ve got for y’all this week.
I’ll also talk a bit about Riverbend and the acts announced on Friday and maybe some other stuff. As always, the post will be updated throughout the show with the tracks played.
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UPDATE: Sadly I have to leave early. Keep listening as I programmed some nice tunes for y’all.
The Six O’Clock Hour
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Wolf
- Beck – Thinking About You
- Angel Olsen – All The Good Times
- Sharon Van Etten – Mistakes
- Shovels & Rope – St. Anne’s Parade
- Alabama – Song of the South
- Elle King – America’s Sweetheart
- Derek and the Dominos – I Looked Away
- Silvers Pickups – Empty Nest
- Soccer Mommy – Feel It All The Time
- Sundays, The – Here’s Where The Story Ends
- Alvvays – Pharmacist
I’m out of town this week, so no show. Looking forward to next week’s show already. Hope you are, too.