Saturday, January 2, 2010

Vic Chesnutt R.I.P. (1964-2009)

Vic Chesnutt was "discovered" by REM's Michael Stipe in the late 80's-early 90's. His desolate acoustic songs provided an interesting counterpoint to the grunge music of that era (kind of like how ambient music goes hand in hand with techno). I guess you could put him in the same group as bands like Smog or Palace (hey, that could be a good idea for a blog post). I was lucky to have attended a concert of his around 1995, when About to Choke was released. I couldn't find any official videos of his music on YouTube, but the following should give you a good idea of what he was all about if you didn't know him, or to reminisce if you did.

This one is an excerpt from a recent album, North Star Deserter. The particular use of re-recording reminds me a lot of early Smog:

Here's a great acoustic version of an old song of his, Supernatural:

Let's finish with a nice grand finale:

Vic died of an overdose. He'll be missed by those of us who use music to lick their wounds.

1 comment:

  1. Sakut babak! dans le même esprit, mort prématurément, song writer inspiré etc, on a elliott smith, je ne sais pas si tu connais (le contraire m'étonnerait quand même)...
    Cool ton blog! Je t'ai envoyé un lien youtube qui pointe sur Pierre Billon qui mérite de figurer dans ton blog. Paroles, musique, chorégraphie, clip, tout y est. Il a même été connu!!