Monday, August 29, 2011

"Some" Clarification




There have so been so many people upset about what I wrote in my June Webb posting that I have removed what I said about her. It seems some have misunderstood the meaning of the name of this blog, that I am calling the artists losers. That is simply not true.

The name of this blog was taken from a song by Bob Dylan, "Desolation Row".

The lyric is

Dr. Filth, he keeps his world
Inside of a leather cup
But all his sexless patients
They’re trying to blow it up
Now his nurse, some local loser
She’s in charge of the cyanide hole
And she also keeps the cards that read
“Have Mercy on His Soul”
They all play on pennywhistles
You can hear them blow
If you lean your head out far enough
From Desolation Row

I thought naming my blog with this title was clever, because it used a lyric from my favorite artist and described how I sometimes feel sitting in my basement listening to my records. It is a solitary hobby, and sometimes I feel like I'm the only one around who cares about these forgotten records. I also like to post records that come from Minnesota, giving additional relevance to the word "local" in the title. So now I hope you all can see the title of this blog refers to ME and NOT the recording artists who have been featured.

Thanks for visiting,
Derik

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you do a great job bringing all those records and artists into the light again.
Kudos to you.
K

Bob said...

That's exactly what I've been always thinking about the meaning of Some Local Loser.

Cheers

Ravel said...

I don't believe you are a loser.
:-)
But you ARE sharing obscure music ! I believe it's a great way to make this music less obscure.
I once had a blog for a short time and felt as was talking to my self. Closed it.
I don't have much more to say, but felt I had to show some appreciation...
Ravel, Montreal, Quebec

Mike said...

I for one appreciate the efforts you are bringing those hard to find records to our listening pleasure.
I dont consider you a loser at all, nor have i thought you refer to any of those artists as losers.
There are many of us that sit an listen to our music in the privacy of our homes an enjoy it, even though we spend many hours alone. That doesnt make us losers.
Like other visitors to your blog, we all apreciate what you are bringing to our attention.
Cheers for now - Mike

DrunkenHobo said...

Anybody capable of running such a great blog. Sharing records long forgot & not reissued is no LOSER in my mind. You can only keep some of the people happy some of the time. Bop on. Looking forward to more of you small independent Rockin' label (MN) on http://www.rockhall.ro/forums/ post soon really enjoyed the North star post. Drunk

Carol said...

You gotta do what you love to do, and that in no way means you're a loser. You do a great job with this blog Derik!
C

gsosings said...

Derik - I honestly never even thought about the title of your blog. Didn't care what it meant. All I knew was the great pleasure I've had in listening to the obscure & rare recordings you find. Kudos to you & your efforts.. I for one REALLY appreciate all you've done.
Gman

Derik said...

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. It's encouraging.

-Derik

pwlsax said...

I'm a record guy too, and I think we're ALL losers, and we're damn lucky to be! It is a joy to hear, share, and spread the word about this stuff.

1verycoolguy said...

I find your blog to be very interesting. You have posted some excellent music. I also am a record person and have been for a long time. I didn't like it when they phased out records and have hung on to my about 5000 or so vinyls. Why should it matter what you call your blog. People should be glad to get such good music. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

you do some great stuff like the 1 ijust look up on rex turner I have 5 78s of him.glad to see you have something and other records I never knew excisted keep up the great work .later rcnggrouch 1.48pm

Tumbleweed said...

Years ago I used to collect old US 45s myself : I literally possessed tens of thousands, until I finally sold the whole collection.
And people like you bring back these old songs, many of them unknown or less unknown, rare or less rare, uptempo or slow .... but you can be assured that you are not the only one on this globe listening to these oldies. There are many of us, we may not be in close contact, but we are there.

Cheers

Oh by the way: many, many thanks for all that wonderful music!!!

Morgan Young said...

A real local loser flips the record over. :)

See you in the music room (we don't have a basement) at On The Flip-Side.

Bill LaHue said...

These two records were written and sung by my brother-in-law! I have a cd with several of his but had never heard these. He actually had a number one hit in Iowa. Thanks for doing this.

Bill LaHue said...

These are songs done by my brother-in-law. He has now passed. He wrote and sung many. One was a number one hit in Iowa. Never had heard these. Thanks!!

Elaine Harris said...

Hello Loser. I am glad you clarified that. My father Odice Jewell wrote and recorded the songs, The Treasures We Wanted & Pretty Kathleen. Trail Label was his label. I am glad that people can still hear his music. He wrote and recorded several songs. He died at the age of 36. Thank you for sharing.
Elaine Harris - Plant City, FL.

Djh said...

Vern keyser is my uncle! I haven't heard those songs in years where did you find them and thank you!!!!!

Djh said...

Vern had the band called the wranglers and lived just outside of fonDulac WS. He was very well known around there for his musical talents. He grew up in Austin MN and started his music there with a large family and sisters and brothers that were also musically talented.
I just wondered where you found the 45's at? Thanks for posting them .

David Van Cleve said...

As a collector / cataloger of older and obscure records I've made use of your blog myself. I reckoned the lyrical reference was pretty clear to anyone with a set of ears, but i also happen to live in Minnesota. :)