Two songs for the price of one this week! I’m bringing straight up value to your internet, and you don’t even need a coupon! It’s not about lightening your wallet here at The Clock, it’s about lightening your soul.
Except for right now, when it’s about death.
I don’t know what happened in the 90s but a cornucopia of artists from that decade died before their time, whether by their own hand, by accident, by overdose, by disease, or—in some cases—by assassination (big ups to Tupac and Biggie — it didn’t have to end that way, dawgs — we’ll be missing you). Strangely, it only seemed to happen with Americans. I don’t remember losing a bunch of Britpoppers to heroin, drowning, or East Coast/West Coast rap wars.
Anyway, let’s crank up the old Venn diagram for today’s guests. In the outer circles we have School Of Fish, an alternative rock band from LA, and Chris Whitley, a wunderkind guitarist and blues rocker from Texas. Sharing space in the center, we see both were talented enough to debut on a major label, both released their first singles in 1991, and both of those singles turned out to be their biggest “hits” (neither made the Hot 100, but each proved popular on mainstream and college rock radio.) Also, both Whitley and Josh Clayton-Felt, lead singer and songwriter for School Of Fish, died suddenly of cancer in the 00s, each leaving behind a rich and eclectic music legacy.
So let’s go back to the beginning, when the possibilities seemed endless, the skies were nothing but blue, and the road they were on looked like it would last forever.