November 27, 2022

Bob Dylan is seemingly too outdated and too well-known to carry his tongue as of late, as evidenced by a few of the strains in his current e-book The Philosophy of Trendy Music. Notably, Chris Frantz took offense to a passage the place Dylan opined that Elvis Costello and The Points of interest had been higher than “any of their contemporaries,” a refined dig on the comparable band Frantz co-founded, Speaking Heads.

The quote in query was a part of the second essay in Dylan’s e-book, about Elvis Costello and The Points of interest’ 1978 tune “Pump It Up.” He wrote: “Elvis Costello and the Points of interest had been a greater band than any of their contemporaries. Mild years higher.” Contemplating that music got here out the 12 months after Speaking Heads first cracked the Sizzling 100 with “Psycho Killer,” Frantz is fairly secure in his assumption that Dylan wasn’t too wild about them.

“I like Bob Dylan’s new e-book The Philosophy Of Trendy Music,” Frantz wrote on Fb final Friday. “However I’ve one little bone to select with the creator when he writes ‘Elvis Costello and The Points of interest had been a greater band than any of their contemporaries. Mild years higher.’ With all due respect to the Points of interest and to drummer Pete Thomas particularly, I’d prefer to say to Bob one thing he as soon as stated to a buddy of mine. ‘Suck a dick.’”

However Dylan may’ve contradicted himself — or, he was simply saving face again within the day, as Rolling Stone factors out in an interview with Frantz revealed yesterday. Not solely did the drummer recall “Mr. Tambourine Man” having attended a Speaking Heads live performance in St. Paul within the ’80s, however Frantz additionally remembers inviting the Heads to a celebration at his home afterwards.

That get together was not with out its awkwardness, nonetheless: “We stated [to the invitation], ‘Nice!’” Frantz stated. “They gave us instructions to a home someplace within the suburbs of Minneapolis. That is earlier than GPS, so it took us some time to search out it. We knocked and this girl got here to the door and stated, ‘Howdy?’ We stated, “Bob invited us to come back. We’re Speaking Heads.’ And she or he stated, ‘Oh, Bob’s already gone to mattress.’”

Frantz went on: “I’m not attempting to pit the Heads towards any of the bands of that period. There have been so many good bands then, and I spent many nights at CBGB and noticed a whole lot of superior performances. However I might say to Bob, ‘How will you make such a sweeping generalization?’ I believe it’s an excellent e-book — regardless of that one chapter.”

So, are the instances a-changin’, or are they the identical as they ever was? Guess we’ll by no means know. See Frantz’s Fb submit beneath.

Subsequent 12 months, Heads keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison and touring guitarist Adrian Belew will embark on the “Stay in Mild Tour,” in honor of considered one of the best albums of all time; get tickets right here.

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