Sweet Jane by The Five Pies

27 Oct

Top 5 Velvet Underground-related memories:

  1. Tripping out to “Heroine” with my parents on a road trip.
  2. Finding three seven-inch singles of “I’m Sticking with You” featuring Moe Tucker and Jonathan Richman in the KDVS library and convincing the music director to let me keep one.
  3. The only time I’ve been in the Acoustic Sanctuary, Sacramento’s one-man band in a bright purple wagon on J Street.  I requested “Walk on the Wild Side,” and he told me he would play it, “but only if you sing the colored girl parts!” So I went, “do do do, do do, do do do do, do do.”
  4. My arts writing professor played us several pairs of songs, an original and a cover, for us to critique and compare. He played “Pale Blue Eyes.” Everyone loved it. Then he played a live rendition, sloppy and thoughtless, all the beautiful nuance of the song gone. Could we guess who the “cover” was by? Lou Reed in the ’90s.
  5. Performing “Sweet Jane” with my brother and cousins one Thanksgiving. We named our one-time band after the five pies my mom baked.

Allan is singing, Jono’s on the bongos, Katie’s on drums, and Jojo had just turned 11 and just learned how to play the bass and totally rocked it.

RIP Lou Reed, who inspired us and many more.


One Response to “Sweet Jane by The Five Pies”

  1. Voll Riesiko October 30, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Reblogged this on InterFace and commented:
    This is exactly the kind of thing to meditate, in order to understand the ‘state of art’, as the relation between the artworld and the creative multitude.

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