Over the years, I've played in a variety of bands. The last one was called Tinderbox, after the Andersen fairy tale. We were compared to Graham Parker crossed with the Spencer Davis Group and the Flamin' Groovies, for you cognoscenti out there. I was the main singer and songwriter, as well as the rhythm guitarist and occasional percussion player. I also handled a lot of the business.

Since being the linchpin of a band can be a full-time job -- and I already had one -- I ultimately decided to focus on the latter. No regrets. Lately I've been singing around the house again.

Now for the backstory. I taught myself how to play guitar when I was 14, as my musical taste was being formed/heavily influenced by British Invasion bands, the Pub rock phenomenon, and Trouser Press. In college, I became a music critic. Soon I realized that I would have much more fun as a musician. End of zine. Beginning of band(s).

I love the traditional pop song lasting all of 2.40, and the following bands/artists:

The Action (and a more contemporary version)
Joan Armatrading
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
The Beatles
The Beach Boys
Jeff Beck, a true original
Ben Folds Five and Ben Folds, period
A variety of big band music
The Black Crowes
Various forms of the blues
Booker T. and the MGs (see also: Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, and the incomparable Al Jackson)
Random bands from Boston (but not Boston, the band)
The Box Tops, Big Star, Alex Chilton, et cetera
The Golden Age of the Broadway musical (on which I was raised)
The Buffalo Springfield
The Byrds
Ry Cooder
Elvis Costello
The Creation
Marshall Crenshaw
Rodney Crowell
The Dancing Hoods
The dBs
The Del-Lords
Departure Lounge
Early Neil Diamond
Dr. Feelgood
Nick Drake
Blonde On Blonde-period Dylan
The Easybeats
Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe
Bill Evans
The Flashing Lights
The Funk Brothers
Rory Gallagher
Marvin Gaye (especially early MG)
Benny Goodman
Glenn Gould (also an arrowroot biscuit fan)
Graham Gouldman, brilliant songwriter and Nice Jewish Boy
Selected works from the oeuvre of Daryl Hall and John Oates
John Hiatt
Robyn Hitchcock
Jools Holland
The Hollies
Session man and genius Nicky Hopkins
Hüsker Dü and Grant Hart
The Jam and Paul Weller
Jazz guitar (especially Tal Farlow)
Marti Jones
Tommy Keene
The Kinks (thus, Ray Davies and Dave Davies)
The Knack
Lambert Hendricks & Ross (I met Annie Ross!! She sings and smokes!)
The Liquor Giants
Richard Lloyd
Nils Lofgren and Grin
The Long Ryders
Louis XIV
The Lovin' Spoonful and John Sebastian (their "official site" consists of the other three guys)
The Meat Puppets
Medeski Martin and Wood
Glenn Miller
Mink DeVille
The Minutemen (see also Mike Watt &c below)
Thelonious Monk
The Monkees
Van Morrison and Them
The Move and The Idle Race
Conlon Nancarrow
Harry Nilsson
Early Laura Nyro
The lyrics of Graham Parker
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The Plimsouls
Bud Powell
The Pretty Things
Paul Revere & the Raiders (and Mark Lindsay -- here, spend a whole day with him!)
The (Young) Rascals
The Records
Otis Redding
The Reivers
(Barry and) The Remains
The Replacements
Kimberley Rew
Amy Rigby
The Roches
Todd Rundgren
Sam and Dave
Scruffy the Cat and Charlie Chesterman
The Searchers
The Sir Douglas Quintet (thus, Doug Sahm)
The Skeletons
The best band in all the world: Sloan
The Small Faces
Lianne Smith
The Smithereens
The Soft Boys (see also: Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberley Rew)
Dusty Springfield
Early Steely Dan (meaning: the first few albums)
Matthew Sweet
Teenage Fanclub
The Temptations (if I could sing like anyone, it would have to be David Ruffin)
Thin Lizzy
Tiny Lights
The Turtles
Dwight Twilley, who has also written a book
Uncle Green/3 Lb. Thrill
Velvet Crush (with their own label, Action Musik)
Mike Watt and fIREHOSE
The Who
Steve Winwood
The Wrecking Crew
The Yardbirds
The Young Fresh Fellows
Many bands on Norton Records
Many bands affiliated in some way with Bomp!
Many bands on the Ultimate Band List (Linking this site is called "laziness.")

For recommendations of the latest and greatest (or the oldest and greatest), email my pal Pat, who has more taste than most, and twice as many opinions (and who has made me many mix tapes over the years). Don't forget to read the NME (at one point, I actually subscribed), which swallowed up Melody Maker. You can also subscribe to the USENET group Banana Truffle. No, I don't know what it means. I am always amused by the Rocklopedia Fakebandica. (Finally, if you need lyrics or tabs, try Harmony Central, the Oh Canada Tab Archive, or the On-Line Guitar Archive, AKA OLGA.)

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