Tuesday, May 03, 2005


I remember when Pete Yorn's debut, musicforthemorningafter, arrived at KTCU. This was at the tail-end of all these bands with Jeff Buckley/Radiohead imitators as lead singers (Ours and Paloalto come to mind) and I saw the cover and groaned. Yorn looked like a Jeff Buckley look-alike and matters didn't help that he was on the same label as the late great Buckley. Well, I'm glad somebody recommended me to listen to the record instead of looking at the cover.

My old bandmate Dave suggested a few tracks for rotation, so I listened to the whole record. I was very impressed and kept listening the record for many months. There isn't a stinker in the bunch and I recently dug the record out. It's still fresh to my ears but I wonder: whatever happened to this guy?

I didn't pick up his second record, Day I Forgot, because I didn't like its first single and my friends told me that the record wasn't very good. Even though they (as in, Best Buy, Target) sold the record for $5.99-$6.99, I still didn't pick it up. Call me fickle, but if a record is crap, no amount of money is worth it.

I know Pete released a double-live record, but I didn't pick that one up either. Come on, he's breaking the Foghat rule (as described in the Yo La Tengo's "Sugarcube" video): your fourth album must be double-live. (As a side note, I believe Foghat's fifth record was double-live).

All kidding aside, I'm curious what this guy will do next. His Columbia Records site is still active and it is updated often. I wonder if he's working on a new record. Hmm . . . .


Robert said...

I agree, Eric, that Pete Yorn record is incredible... and it is just baffling that the next record could be so subpar. Seriously, could you imagine if "Burrito" was on Musicforthemorningafter? Hell, no. It's a shame. It makes you think that there was some other force behind him for that record. Who produced that one?


Eric Grubbs said...

Scott Litt produced Day I Forgot.

Interesting. He did a great job on the Get Up Kids' On a Wire.