Herbert Jue grew up in a log cabin listening to John Denver and Barry Manilow records on a Fisher modular stereo. College came & he was summoned to reality via Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, Joe Jackson and The Clash, all on his Technics belt-drive turntable. This led to his humble Kvinde Hader Klub zine, which he parlayed into a short stint in the recording industry (think flexi & cassette tape). Peer pressure led him to forsake all, and, to concentrate on fostering cats.
Some questions from the audience made me think that it truly is a new world order: “What’s a good number of hits on Youtube before you’re interested?”
Bragg and his very professional band are an excellent combo, and when you include his old and new songs, you’ve got a heady mixture.
A small room, Park Slope, friendly people, and free pop music provided by Charles Ramsey and band – a great combination.
Clichés and buzzwords were bandied about, like “transparency and clarity”, “game plan”, “best possible team”, and “be aware”.
The band can still write a primo pop song.