Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Amy Rigby Is the Leader

First, the obvious: Amy Rigby is one of the great rock'n'roll songwriters of our generation. That's not empty assertion, that's verifiable fact. From Diary of a Mod Housewife to the recent Little Fugitive, she's been on a brave, wild, unprecedented journey. She's written a handful of the funniest songs I've ever heard -- and a handful of the most heartbreaking. But what's often forgotten when listeners marvel over Rigby's songs is what a mind-blowing performer she is. She's a brilliant interpreter, and she knocks the Sandinista! topical rockabilly "The Leader" out of the park. For those obsessive discographers out there, she is accompanied on the track by her daughter Hazel Rigby on bass and backing vocals, and Chris Butler (the genius behind the Waitresses) on drums. The one and only Wreckless Eric mixed it.

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