There's a tear in his beer

Carrol Collyer struggles to pay the tab at Naomi's Lounge

So the five-song EP--which features newly recorded versions of "My Brain" and "Good Night Sleep," early takes of "Spatula" and "Fade," and a cover of the Jam's "Butterfly Collector"--won't be released until next spring, followed shortly by the debut album. The move frustrates Quigg, and with good reason: With the exception of a few local compilation discs, the band has yet to release anything since its inception.

"I'd like to get those songs out there and play again and get reacquainted with what we like to do, which is play live," Quigg says. "I'm not unsympathetic to people's reasons for holding the EP, but when I go by my personal sentiment, I'd rather move ahead with what we have and do as we had originally planned six months ago."

How do you spell "comeback?"
At best, Bobby Patterson is a minor figure in the history of soul music; at worst, he's an obscure journeyman who had his shot and missed the target by a thousand miles. But either way, Patterson (who was born here and remains in Dallas) is one of the truly great soul singers few have ever heard or heard of, a former recording artist for the long-defunct Dallas-based Abnak label in the '60s and one of the minor stars on the Jewel/Paula label in the '70s. He is best known, though not by name, for a song he wrote and performed that was covered by the Fabulous Thunderbirds, "How Do You Spell Love?" (The answer, of course, is m-o-n-e-y.)

And once again, one of Patterson's old songs is being covered--this time by a supergroup that consists of members of Soul Asylum, Wilco, the now-defunct Jayhawks, Run Westy Run, and Son Volt. The long-awaited full-length debut from Golden Smog, titled Down by the Old Mainstream and due January 16 from Rykodisc, will feature the 1973-'74 Patterson composition "She Don't Have to See You," which is only available on the Warner Bros./Capricorn boxed set The Jewel/Paula Story.

"I wasn't aware of that," Patterson said when informed of the news, though he was fairly thrilled by the prospect. "I'm gonna have to get me a copy of that."

Patterson, actually, is more excited by the impending release of his first album in 19 years, which he just finished recording and mixing at Audio Dallas; he hopes to have the album, which features guitarist Lucky Peterson, out by the end of the year either on a reputable R&B indie or his own label. Its title? Second Coming.

Scene, heard
Crystal Clear Sound's swell annual private Christmas parties are usually reserved for the local music industry's elite (and you know who you aren't), but this year the local label/manufacturer/distributor is opening it up to the unwashed (same difference). Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on December 4 at Trees, CCS will present Sixty-Six, The Old 97's, and Funland at Trees for the grand total of three bucks, which is some kind of early Christmas present.

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