"Eventually" / Marshall Crenshaw
This weekend, Marshall Crenshaw's doing three shows on three successive nights at the City Winery, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of his first single, "Something's Gonna Happen." I just happen to have tickets for all three nights, being of the firm opinion that you can never have enough Marshall Crenshaw. And since I can't make the weekend come any sooner, I thought I'd count down the days with a little Marshall Crenshaw Week here. (Yeah, I know, daily blogging hasn't been my forte lately -- but for Marshall I'll give it a go.)
The Friday night show, as I understand it, is going to be a special treat: Marshall's going to play his entire 1982 debut album, Marshall Crenshaw. You know that album -- it's loaded with sublimely catchy tracks like "Someday, Someway" and "There She Goes Again" and "The Usual Thing" and "Rocking Around in NYC" and "Cynical Girl." I can't wait to hear that line-up of songs; it's the best youth potion I can think of. I defy the City Winery crowd to stay in their seats.
What I'm hoping, though, is that this anniversary celebration stirs up all those original fans to re-discover what Marshall's doing now. Because, frankly, it's some of the best music out there, incredibly smart and passionate and mature. So before I take that Way Back Machine down memory lane, let's listen first to some 21st-century Marshall Crenshaw. This song is from his 2009 album Jaggedland, in my opinion one of the greatest and most underrated albums of the past decade. . . .
Listening to "Eventually," I realize that the melodic hookiness of Marshall Crenshaw's music tends to make folks overlook their intelligence. After a while, an artist grows tired of writing love songs (especially a guy like Marshall who's been happily married for years -- it's pretty hard to wring out teenage romantic angst year after year). Jaggedland solves that problem by turning instead to existential pondering. If that sounds pompous and boring, believe me, Marshall makes it work. Not only does he brood on life's big questions, he has enough sense not to pretend he's solved them. That's maturity for you.
And now here's another treat which I just found on YouTube, also from Jaggedland. I don't know who made this video but it's a priceless pairing of film with song -- enjoy!