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Bob Dylan Goes Punk on Late Night time with David Letterman, Enjoying «Jokerman» with the Latino Punk Band, the Plugz (1984)


Take heed to Bob Dylan’s studio albums all you want; you don’t know his music till you hear the dwell variations. That, at the least, is the conclusion at which I’ve arrived after spending the higher a part of the previous 12 months listening by Dylan’s studio discography. This isn’t to place him into the mildew of the Grateful Lifeless, whose studio albums come a distant second in significance to their huge physique of dwell recordings. It was absolutely the songs preserved on the likes of Freeway 61 RevisitedBlood on the Tracks, and Love and Theft, in spite of everything, that received Dylan the Nobel Prize. However in a way he’s by no means stopped writing these similar songs, usually subjecting them to brazen stylistic and lyrical modifications when he launches into them onstage.

This self-reinterpretation often produces what Dylan’s followers think about a brand new definitive model. Maybe essentially the most agreed-upon instance is “Jokerman,” the opener to his 1983 album Infidels (and the idea for considered one of his earliest MTV music movies), which he carried out the next 12 months on the still-new Late Night time with David Letterman.

As Vulture’s Matthew Giles places it, Letterman was quick changing into “a comedy sensation, bringing a brand new stage of sarcasm, irony, and Bud Melman-centric humor to a late-night format nonetheless reliant on the graceful unflappability of Johnny Carson.” Dylan had been going within the different route, “having pissed off his viewers with the musically slick, lyrically hectoring collection of evangelical Christian albums that he’d launched within the late 70s and early 80s.”

By 1984, “Dave was way more of a counterculture hero than Bob.” However Dylan had been surreptitiously getting ready for his subsequent musical transformation: many have been the nights he would “go away his Malibu dwelling and slip into reveals by the likes of L.A. punk stalwarts X, or take a look at the Santa Monica Civic Middle when the Conflict got here to city.” For accompaniment on the Letterman gig he introduced drummer J.J. Vacation,  in addition to Charlie Quintana and bassist Tony Marsico of the LA punk band the Plugz, with whom he’d been spent the previous couple of months jamming. It isn’t till they take Letterman’s stage that Dylan tells the band what to open with: bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Don’t Begin Me Speaking.”

You’ll be able to see Dylan’s complete three-song set in the video above, which additionally consists of sound-check footage. After “Don’t Begin Me Speaking” come two songs from Infidels: “License to Kill” and a rendition of “Jokerman” that turns the unique’s reggae into stripped-down, hard-driving rock. The stylistic change appears to infuse the 42-year-old Dylan with a brand new sense of musical vitality. As for the music itself, its lyrics — cryptic even by Dylan’s requirements — tackle new meanings when charged by the younger band’s power. However even on this extremely up to date musical context, Dylan retains it “basic” by bringing out the harmonica for a remaining solo, although not with out some confusion as to which key he wanted. If something, that mix-up makes the music much more punk — or possibly post-punk, probably new wave, however in any case completely Dylan.

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Based mostly in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His tasks embody the Substack e-newsletter Books on Cities, the ebook The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video collection The Metropolis in Cinema. Comply with him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Fb.




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