All posts tagged: Waylon Jennings

CD Review: Various Artists, “Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

Before we get too far into this, let’s address the main question right up front: can Jeff Bridges sing? The answer is yes, but he sings like an actor. The film Crazy Heart centers around Bridges’ character Bad Blake, a washed-up country music star now resigned to the bottle and the backwater bumpkin circuit. At this stage in his life there doesn’t seem to be much hope for a second chance, yet that’s  just what appears to be heading his way. As a movie, the film is gritty, a little bit sad and proves once again why Jeff Bridges is the movie world’s definition of a secret weapon. His performance is not afraid to get dirty and grimy and he’s not about to take his character to a place not guided by a logical truth. But this is not about his stellar performance. You want to know if it’s worth it to buy the soundtrack that finds him singing six of the sixteen tracks. The answer is yes, providing you’re aware that he sings like …

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 46

Let’s hop right into the music this week and stray all over the map within the borders of the letter J, looking at songs that charted no higher than #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s. Garland Jeffreys “96 Tears” — 1981, #66 (download) Garland Jeffreys had been putting out music since 1969 with little success, though he had a non-charting yet popular song in 1973 called “Wild in the Streets.” His 1980 album Escape Artist yielded “96 Tears”, his only charting song. Jellybean “The Real Thing” — 1987, #82 (download) John “Jellybean” Benitez had three songs on the Hot 100, the most well known being ’85s “Sidewalk Talk” written by and featuring Madonna on the chorus. Jellybean’s solo career consisted of using other artists as vocalists and apparently on quite a few occasions, “using” should be in quotes. On the cover of the “Sidewalk Talk” single he made prominent mention of Madonna writing it though didn’t bother to credit the main female singer, Catherine Buchannan. He’s also sold the rights to …