The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Cool Hall of Fame #203


Wanda Jackson

10 comments :

la peregrina said...

No, Wanda Jackson is a member of "The Way Cool Hall of Fame."

Lex10 said...

New album, too.

swac said...

Yep, produced by Jack White. Pretty killer, from what I've heard so far.

Mr DeBakey said...

Ms Jackson was featured on Page 1 of today's "Arts & Life" section in my local paper.

Two above the fold photos
- her and Jack White
- her and Elvis

Of course, The Party Ain't Over
was released today.

Michael said...

I saw her the other weekend at the Ryman for the Grand Ole Opry. An absolutely killer set. Later that night she was signing autographs and I got my photo with her. It's the closest I've been to such major cool, to rock and roll royalty, and to anybody who's ever dated Elvis. I'm looking for Ann-Margret next.

Jonathan Walker said...

Who is the photographer? Very nice shot.

swac said...

Photo is by Autumn de Wilde, who is probably best known for capturing The White Stripes on film during their cross-Canada trek chronicled in Under Great White Northern Lights (in which even this humble Gunslinger can be spotted, at the Halifax pool hall show, and the 10th anniversary concert at Glace Bay's historic Savoy Theatre).

Got to interview Ms. Jackson by phone once, it was a real treat as you can probably guess. She had just begun her comeback in 2003. Her 1961 B-side Funnel of Love is still an all-time favourite single of mine, check out that amazing Roy Clark guitar riff!

westofthewest said...

Sweet lady...dirty voice.

VP81955 said...

Got to interview Ms. Jackson by phone once, it was a real treat as you can probably guess. She had just begun her comeback in 2003. Her 1961 B-side "Funnel of Love" is still an all-time favourite single of mine, check out that amazing Roy Clark guitar riff!

Someone with excellent taste. Nothing against the A-side, "Right Or Wrong," which sent Wanda in a country direction, but I often wonder how rock history might have changed if "Funnel Of Love" had gotten the push instead. Perhaps it simply rocked too hard for 1961, a time when Top 40 radio was trying to sound more "sophisticated" (e.g., uptown rhythm and blues).

swac said...

I found a 7" of Right or Wrong/Funnel of Love at a yard sale when I was still in my late teens, and the record just blew me away (I rarely played the A side), and was amazed that Funnel never showed up on any Wanda Jackson compilations. In fact, the first time I ever found it on a CD was a disc of original versions of songs covered by The Cramps that came from Australia in the early '90s. I'm sure it's shown up on Wanda collections since then (aside from the massive Bear Family box set, which of course has everything), but my digital copy is on the Rhino Records' girl groups box set, the one that looks like a hat box. It doesn't really belong on there, but I'm glad they put it in anyway, obviously they felt a similar frustration about the track.