A Band to Call Your Own
by Bob Boilen
Is there a band you call your own? A band you love so much that on one hand, you want everyone to hear it, but on the other hand, you want to keep it to yourself?
Be honest: I don't want your girlfriend's/brother's band, or your band.
I want your most passionate music find. Give us a link to their music in your response and we'll put a show together with some of the best ones.
The music you love says so much about who you are. Having a band to call your own is one of the first ways of finding your identity. At least that's my theory.
My life changed with a local Washington, D.C., band called The Urban Verbs.
I saw them in 1977 at a club then called the Atlantis; later, it would be bought and called the 9:30 Club.
Listen to the Urban Verbs song Subways
The band had mystery; Eno heard that and recorded a demo for them in NYC.
They had the best drummer I'd ever heard (Danny Frankel), great guitar playing (Robert Goldstein, now an NPR music librarian), good poetry and singing (Roddy Frantz, whose brother drummed for the Talking Heads), and a synth player who understood the synthesizer as a texture instrument: Robin Rose. I saw almost every show this band did -- more than a hundred is my guess. The group changed my life. In fact, I'd probably not be writing this blog and working at NPR if it weren't for this band. You can now find their music for cheap on iTunes.
It was Robin Rose loaning me his synth that led me to quit my job and play music, and my music playing that got NPR to do a story on me; years later, that story was my entrance to getting a job here...
So tell us your band. We may let the secret out, but don't worry: You'll find another.
4:47 PM ET | 01- 3-2008 | permalink