Friday, January 8, 2010

Today was a Day for Chuck E. Weiss

You might know him from references in the songs and albums of Tom Waits [for example, "Jitterbug Boy (Sharing a Curbstone with Chuck E. Weiss, Robert Marchese, Paul Body and The Mug and Artie)" from the 1976 album Small Change] and Rickie Lee Jones' mega-hit from 1979 "Chuck E's in Love". Here is a promotional vid for a more recent Chuck E. song:

Wouldn't it have been fun to live at the Tropicana Hotel in LA in the mid-70s? Frank Zappa, Sam Shepard, Tom Waits, Chuck E. Weiss, Warren Zevon, Henry Rollins, etc. all muttering to themselves as they passed by your room?

Do yourself a favor and pick up Chuck E's 1999 album "Extremely Cool". I listened to it earlier today for the first time in a while. Good stuff.

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