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New Low Cut Connie video: Look What They Did

Video: Low Cut Connie -- “Look What They Did”

Low Cut Connie - Look What They Did

Directed by Adam Weiner and Alex Wroblewski. Single out now on Contender.

Tough shit for the little guy
Living like a chump with his back to the wall

Damn! Adam Weiner pulls no punches in this tribute to Atlantic City. Not only the town, but also to Bruce Springsteen’s classic song, even calling it a sequel to it. As Caryn Rose writes in Backstreet, even the video is a deliberate homage to Springsteen’s 1982 clip.

Rose describes it as an “update and a confirmation; it’s a continuation of the same story, picked up and carried along, updated and renewed, like a modern folk tradition, the one that reminds the people in power that we notice, we are standing watch, we are paying attention.”

They built casinos in 1981
They said the whole freakin’ city’s gonna grow
Donald Trump made half a billion
What have we got to show?

In a press release, Weiner explained, “I figured now that almost 40 years has passed, it was time for a little moral and civic check-in. Let’s see where Atlantic City is at now. What we find is some serious devastation. Trump went in on a lie, made his gazillions, stiffed a lot of people and skipped town. Now he’s running his scam on everyone else. In New Jersey, we had his number a long time ago.”

Let’s hope the rest of the country is starting to figure it out too…

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New Low Cut Connie video: Every Time You Turn Around

Video: Low Cut Connie -- “Every Time You Turn Around”

Low Cut Connie -"EVERY TIME YOU TURN AROUND" (Official Video)

Directed by Gaia Alari. From Dirty Pictures (Part 2), out now on Contender Records.

It’s an unexpected ballad from the sweaty Philadelphia rock and rollers.

Let me be free to treat you kind
Honey, let me have a chance to change your mind

Adam Weiner told AllMusic that “Every Time You Turn Around” is “probably the first full-on ballad that we’ve recorded as a band. I think that in your relationship with the listener, you have to get your footing before you can travel somewhere new. I always knew that I wanted to get to a place where I could get onstage or in the studio and sing with 100 percent conviction and without irony and believe every word I was saying, but it’s very hard to do that when you’re young. You do that when you’re a child, but then from adolescence on, we all cover up who we really are and how we feel, and we try different postures out for ourselves: ‘I’ll be cool today, I’ll be this today, I’ll be that tomorrow.’ It took me a while to get to where I was comfortable enough in myself to let it rip.”

Let it rip!

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New Low Cut Connie video: Oh Suzanne

Video: Low Cut Connie -- “Oh Suzanne”

Low Cut Connie - "OH SUZANNE" (official video)

From Dirty Pictures (Part 2), out now on Contender Records.

Now that their Alex Chilton cover has opened my ears to the charms of Low Cut Connie, I can appreciate what they’re going for in “Oh Suzanne,” a song that I might otherwise blow off as a dumb modern rock throwaway. On closer listen this could almost be an album cut on the Go’s 1999 Sub Pop classic, Whatcha Doin’. So here we’ve got Detroit and Memphis by way of Philadelphia. Works for me.

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New Low Cut Connie video: Hey! Little Child

Video: Low Cut Connie video: “Hey! Little Child”

Low Cut Connie - "HEY! LITTLE CHILD" (official video)

From Dirty Pictures (Part 2), out now on Contender Records.

I heard a segment about this band on NPR last month and upon the recommendation of Ann Powers I checked them out. But the song I listened to didn’t live up to her description of “the essence of rock and roll.” The video is cool, but the song sounded a little too slick, like something one of the “rockers” on American Idol would’ve released after they finished in third place.

I figured they probably put on a fun live show but I don’t need to hear the album.

But then they go and cover Alex Chilton and now it’s a different story. This is good.

Plaid skirt and a flannel vest
Silly nubiles are the best

A dear friend of mine used to hang out with Chilton and heard stories about living across the street from the Catholic school mentioned in this song. The video is giving me flashbacks to my first visit to New Orleans when my pals and I spent an excessively drunken evening at the Muddy Waters in Uptown for a Tav Falco show. I somehow ended up passed out in the back seat of a Ford Fairlane.

Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner said, “Alex Chilton is one of my songwriting heroes. What a mercurial genius. We recorded our version of ‘Hey! Little Child’ in the same room in Ardent where he did the original. We are on the road constantly and spend a lot of time in divey bars talking to local yokels and shooting pool. Roy Power and his crew had the good sense to hang with us a couple nights snapping pictures of the band in our scruffy off-stage moments.”

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