Posted: Jul 18, 2008 12:44 pm
First off, Sambeaux, Henley's not my bag. I'm a Frey guy. Now, if you were playing some deep cuts off "The Allnighter" or "No Fun Aloud" ("Partytown" is my primo jam) I'd still be at the bar rocking out.
Thanks Robin. The reaction/responses to the Chips thing were pretty insane. From a pure outsider's perspective it's actually bizarre that the Memphis music "establishment" doesn't play up his success and contributions more. The point of the piece was more to highlight that than rehash any of his failings as businessman or whatever in the '80s.
Thing is, Chips really has that Zelig thing going on. What I couldn't fit in the story was how he got to California as a guitarist in the first place. The way I've heard it, Peggy Lee was playing in Memphis, lost her guitarist and Chips filled in. Then he played out with her the rest of the tour back to L.A. where he hooked up with the Burnette Brothers and later Gene Vincent. And I've heard that he actually took over for James Burton in Ricky Nelson's band briefly. Supposedly, you can see Chips in one of those videos at the end of the Ozzie and Harriet show. That dude made the rounds.
And yeah, I wrote the liners to the forthcoming Rhino reissue of the Replacements "Tim." Should be a cool package -- a great, and much needed, remastering job, plus it's got all the Chilton demos and some unreleased Tommy Ramone session stuff as bonuses.
If anyone's interested, the Replacements story I wrote for SPIN a couple months back is online here: