In a previous life, I did a bit of freelance music journalism. For the past several years, I’ve been engaged in far more lucrative albeit soul-sucking work.
That made it such a surprise when I received a message on Monday.
“Yeah, we’re looking for someone to write some liner notes for The Motels.”
It’s been five years since I’ve had an assignment. I leave the house for my grown-up gig at 6:30 in the morning and don’t return for eleven hours. I’m old and I do need eight hours of sleep.
And this label wanted it in forty-eight hours – “two and a half, three panels” on Martha Davis and company.
“Uh, how many words?”
True, they were used to being able to tell someone “two and a half, three panels” and having them know what that meant, so the question seemed to make them wary of my skills. As I explained, though, I’ve written reviews, bio, and done some interviews, but never liner notes.
I figured what the hell. I was a fan of the band and Paloma and I do own all of their records on vinyl.
It was hardly the most ideal timeframe or conditions to work, but I did manage to hammer out something in two days. Of course, with the time, I would have wanted to speak with some of the principals, but…
It’s done. It’s doesn’t reinvent rock writing, but I’m reasonably sure nothing is misspelled.
And, it might even end up making its way into print.
(of course, who knows in what altered form)
But, The Motels were an underappreciated band. So, here are a few songs that aren’t Only The Lonely or Suddenly Last Summer…
The Motels – Celia
from The Motels
The Motels – Bonjour Baby
The Motels – Forever Mine
from All Four One
The Motels – Annie Told Me