Nick Drake's Pink Moon by Petrusich Amanda

Nick Drake's Pink Moon by Petrusich Amanda

Author:Petrusich, Amanda
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing
Published: 2007-04-14T16:00:00+00:00

I first heard Nick Drake while house-sitting for my friend Eric McCarthy. He was my boss at the record store and I loved house-sitting for him because I’d just pillage his great record collection. It’s where I first heard Big Star, the Godz, and Nick Drake.

The first Nick Drake album I heard was Five Leaves Left, but when I heard Pink Moon around 1996 or so, I was knocked out, mostly by the vocals. There is an intimacy and sincerity to that record that cannot be denied. The only other folk artist of the era who comes close is Jackson C. Frank. But Nick Drake at his creepiest and most maudlin makes Tim Hardin sound like David Lee Roth.

I was bummed out when I heard the title track in a commercial, but I guess that’s the way the winds are blowing these days. I’d meet people at parties and shit who loved Pink Moon once it became hip to like it, and I would always insist to these people that I didn’t like the album, mostly because I’m a hopeless contrarian and I didn’t want to have anything in common with these latte-sucking dilettantes. But it was always hard for me to think of any good reason to dislike it. I mean, how can you? You got icewater in your veins?

James Jackson Toth

Wooden Wand


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