EVER FEEL LIKE A TOTAL NITWIT DISCOVERING AN ARTIST LATE IN THE GAME?
1.) Chris Whitley. I was driving home after a long work day driving all over the place, my radio tuned to WFUV FM in New York. Ever hear a song for the first time and it feels like it lasted for an hour even though it was only minutes?The song was "Narcotic Prayer" and I was literally blown away. When I got home I searched iTunes and downloaded the album immediately. It was then I discovered he had died over a year earlier. &*^$%&$# I have everything he's ever recorded.
2.) Sublime. Same kind of episode. The song was "What I Got." Bought the album and started digging. Took a while before I finally found out that Bradley Nowell died. WTF? It's remained in my rotation ever since. Damn good album all the way through. I have the complete collection.
3.) Imani Coppola. I have absolutely no idea how I stumbled upon her while absentmindedly foraging amongst the depths of iTunes in January of this year, but somehow I clicked on a 1:30 sample of "I Am A Tree" from the album Chupacabra. Wowzers. To say the least. I was thinking, "wow, this is fresh stuff!" I saw all of her other records and. based on the strength of Chupacabra's tunes, purchased them as well. As I was listening to Chupacabra I started reading and... Well, Chupacabra was released in 1997! Here I am, a 63 year old white guy thinking I'm hipper than hell...Since then her music has become somewhat more edgy, incorporating more and more hip-hop and rap but, man, she's a fascinating personality, singer, lyricist and artist. An amazing talent.
I've got a few more but let's have some fun with this. Have at it!