Video: The Breeders – “Joanne” (Michael Nesmith cover)
All Nerve is out March 2 on 4AD. “Joanne” is not on the album.
“Joanne” is one of my favorite songs of all time. I first heard it back in college when Leppotone supergroup Twister covered it live at Club Soda in Kalamazoo. I was already a huge Monkees fan but had not yet discovered the solo work of Mike Nesmith. It quickly became an obsession as I gathered up as many Nez albums as I could find in the used record bins.
Just recently, Nesmith reformed his “First National Band” and played some shows in California. Nez is the only original member since pedal steel virtuoso Red Rhodes and bassist John London are dead and drummer John Ware was not interested. But it’s still awesome that Nesmith is back into playing the style of country rock that he helped create years before Glenn Frey ever met Don Henley. (Just listen to “Papa Gene’s Blues,” which Nez wrote and produced for the first Monkees album in 1966.)
Anyway, Kim Deal does a fine acoustic cover, recorded — and apparently filmed — by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. And while “Joanne” is not included on the upcoming Breeders album, it does appear as the b-side of the “Wait in the Car” single that is included in the vinyl bundle from 4AD.
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Audio: Michael Nesmith & the First National Band – “Joanne”
From Loose Salute (RCA, 1970)
Video: Michael Nesmith and the First National Band – “Joanne” (ft. Ben Gibbard)
Live at The Chapel, San Francisco, January 28, 2018.
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Video: The Breeders – Over/Under