Wednesday 15 May 2024

Three score and ten


Wreckless Eric turns 70 this year. (I know, even as I type those six words I can't quite believe it myself). Ahead of his imminent move back to the UK (he's had his fill of New York County), Eric's playing a few gigs over here. And if, like me, you've been following Eric's diaries, fanzines, blogs & radio shows over the years you can't not like him. What you see is (nearly) what you get. Although he plays the underdog to a tee, don't be fooled; beneath that faux bumbling persona lies a talent so rich (he's written, recorded, produced and played on more records than Paul McCartney's had hot dinners), musical historians in the future will spend the rest of time just cataloguing his work.

A personalised note from Eric, 2004

It was fitting then that in October last year he was invited by Jools Holland to revisit the song that kickstarted it all in 1977. (Back when the idea of Wreckless Eric turning 30 would have been seen as far fetched as Star Wars.)

Wreckless Eric (with Jools Holland) - Whole Wide World - (2023)


6 comments:

  1. I thought that was scary until I realised he is just over seven years older than me!

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    1. We're of a similar vintage me and you, CC; I only hope I'm still as hungry for it (if and) when the big 7-0 comes my way...

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  2. I love Whole Wide World, such a good song. Two Lone Swordsmen used to cover it live in their mid 00s garage band incarnation. I also have a Wreckless Eric album described by Mr Weatherall as'Duane Eddy meets Aphex Twin' and as usual he's spot on

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  3. I dunno, I reckon Paul McCartney's had a LOT of hot dinners. I mean, I wouldn't want to count them...

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    1. He has. They both have. And both are, I'm guessing, not likely to go all 'Queensberry Rules' on the local common anytime soon; so let's call it a draw, shall we?

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