The Urban Verbs

I strongly recommend listening to the NPR recording of the Urban Verbs reunion. If only for the part in the middle where, 30 years later, Roddy Frantz (at least, I think it's Frantz) still clearly is bitter about Tom Carson's savage review of their album in Rolling Stone, and how that destroyed their career. It's hard to believe any one media outlet would have such an impact these days in music. Even Pitchfork...

Also - I'm always intrigued by random connections to people in disparate fields. So: Roddy Frantz's brother Chris drummed for the Talking Heads, fronted of course by David Byrne. Who's cousin to John Byrne, editor of Business Week, which is as non-rock a publication as you can get this side of Golf Digest. I suppose I like finding out things like the fact that Gloria Steinem is Christian Bale's stepmother, and Eve Ensler is Dylan McDermott's (apparently Dylan, nee Mark, chose his name based on a name that Ensler would have given a child that she miscarried). Or that Viggo Mortenson's ex is Exene from X. What a great sentence to say...


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