... Those sage words of advice came from my friend Eric last year, while we were discussing my to-do list...
Eric, better known as Wreckless Eric, is an ‘antique English pop musician’ who once wrote a song called (I’d go the) Whole Wide World. Considered “one of the great Stiff singles”, it was produced by Nick Lowe for London’s Stiff Records in 1977 and re-released in 2013 on the Ten Big Stiffs compilation. His name may or may not sound familiar, but you’ve probably heard the tune before. Perhaps you know the 2007 cover version by The Proclaimers, or maybe you recall Will Ferrell singing it to Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stranger than Fiction? In his book, A Dysfunctional Success, Eric wrote:
It was single of the week in all the music papers, and number one on the TimeOut alternative chart. It stayed there for weeks. Elton John reviewed it for the Record Mirror, saying it was the only album he liked.”
Last October, we had the great pleasure of hosting Wreckless Eric for a week in Decatur. He drove down from upstate New York for his debut one-man-show of paintings, which we exhibited Upstairs and to the Left, our satellite gallery in the famous Brick Store Pub. We also promoted a rare solo performance at New Street Studio, an intimate venue which was filled to capacity on the night. I enjoy mixing art & music and we always choose the tunes for our openings & events as thoughtfully as we select the pictures. Having a legendary musician & painter come here for a gig & exhibit was absolutely fabulous!
“The Donovan of Trash” reissue hits US record stores on May 20th (thanks to our friends at Decatur CD for the update). Call your local record shop (if you still have one) and pre-order a copy now, or click on over to the Fire Records website. For you art collectors, Eric’s original paintings are available right here at BuyBritishArt.com.
I just returned from an epic week in Nashville, during which I was treated to a private tour of United Record Pressing. That’s an interesting story for another time, but it inspired this blog post by reminding me of that wise 'Wreckless' advice - there’s no better time than the present to get the record player working!