Thursday, March 21, 2013

Today's surprise musical guest, Thomas Jefferson Kaye (fourth from left), plus some somewhat more familiar faces.

"There is at once a grand sweep and grandiose navel-gazing going on throughout First Grade. It’s glossy, countrified studio music which partakes heavily of the tunefulness and barely disguised sentiments of romantic hopelessness, bafflement, and hostility – qualities much like, in fact and indeed, Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic, released the same year as First Grade. Michael McDonald is quoted in Barney Hoskyns’ fine book Waiting for the Sun as saying that Becker and Fagen were 'eccentric in a normal way.' As I read that remark, it was McDonald’s way of explaining how Becker and Fagen could score hit pop songs while also pursuing the East St Louis Toodle-Ooo.

Thomas Jefferson Kaye, by contrast, was eccentric in an eccentric way...."

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