Before Bill Callahan was a solo artist, singing wise songs about birds, he was Smog. And Smog was something else. Something primal, and personal, and sad. This song gets me something fierce.
“I’ll never be a Bowie, I’ll never be an Eno…”
B-Side: Cold Blooded Old Times
I had no idea you liked Smog. Been listening to them since I did a stint in South Africa in 2006.
You know he dated Cat Power while he was Smog? Thought that might tickle you. Then there’s the un-credited female backing vocal on this track. I don’t think it’s her, some internet sleuthing uncovered a number of female vocalists credited on Smog songs (Joanna Newsome?!). And yet, for this one, no credit. Could it be her? Well, no, still probably not.