|Peter Case, left, and Paul Collins in Seattle. (All Cat Rose photos)|
Peter Case once called me from a pay phone in Hollywood.
Thanks to my former journalism adviser at San Jose State University -- and Case's ex-brother-in-law -- the man who practically helped invent power pop in the mid-'70s with The Nerves and Breakaways chatted with me in '89 about his second solo album, "The Man with the Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar," for the Spartan Daily.
I caught the ex-Plimsouls leader at Club Oasis on that tour and was impressed with how the acoustic tunes from his solo LPs translated live.
Twenty-three years later, Case jammed an electric guitar into his hands while rocking along with former Nerves/Breakaways bandmate Paul Collins (he has his stellar Beat, too) at Seattle's Funhouse on March 2.
Alongside Amos Pitch on drums and Timm Buechler on bass, the two old pals rolled through a 25-song set of numbers that spanned their careers (see set list!)
|4-song EP from 1976: Jack Lee, left, Collins and Case|
Backstage after the gig, Case pointed at my Nomads T-shirt and reminisced about writing a song (with Jeffrey Lee Pierce) in the mid-'80s for the Swedish band: "Call Off Your Dogs." When he was in Stockholm, the band kept him up all night to write lyrics for the tune, he laughed.
Collins and Case each spoke with me briefly about playing together again and embarking on a two-month tour (Seattle was the second stop):
I think it's going great, we've got a crack backup band and the songs speak for themselves, so it's really kind of easy.
I would say more people have not heard of (The Nerves) than people who have heard of them -- but I don't care about that. It feels great, I'm very proud of what we did. Those songs will live on forever-- I love it. It's just wonderful... you know, you work hard and you can do good things.
(On memories of playing with Case)...It's more looking forward, that it's fun to be doing this and that we can, that's what I think. It's great to hear those songs again, play them again -- it's a rush.
You know what's great? For me, it's like a lot of fun: One, we've got a lot of history, you know, and I've always believed that soul is when you're proud of where you've been. So, if you've got history with people, it's nice to be able to go -- even if it's not just a group, but friends or something -- to be able to go out and share life with some people you go way back with is always a real fun thing to do. So, that's good, even though there's certain difficulties we've always had working together, we love working together, because it's really fun...
The other thing about it is the song catalogue that we made up. All these songs from back before 1983, it's really fun to kind of revive them and bring them back around because we made them at the time to be sort of timeless-- we never went with gimmicks or the time.
|Andy's Spartan Daily review from '89, plus pic below by Kendra Luck|