Deeper into Music:: More with Luke Doucet

Over the next few days we’ll be highlighting some tracks from the highly anticipated Steel City Trawler, the new long player from Luke Doucet. To get you excited, we picked his brain and got some honest, well thought out answers about the subject matter and inspiration of his new songs. We’ll have a review and an exclusive MP3 on Tuesday when the record drops, but until then, we wanted to give Luke a bit of extra shine and invite you to see how the man’s brain works.


To keep it interesting, we are also scanning our hard drive to find some covers that you may not have heard yet. Today, how about a sizzling take on the Tom Waits classic, “Gun Street Girl?” The vocal interplay and understated, but intense guitar work are a fitting tribute to one of my all time favorite singers, so enjoy.


Today we are going to talk about “Dirty, Dirty Blonde” and how the song was driven by his love for Melissa, and swing into The Stones and his new producer (Sloan‘s Andrew Scott).

Dirty Dirty Blone: My wife, (my girlfriend, my best friend, my muse, my music partner etc), is a bottle brunette. It’s true. This is one of the hottest things about her. As most women are more likely to go blonde to conform to the “hot blonde” stereotype, she would rather be dark haired. I guess I have a type, which includes brunettes & women who pretend to be them. The actual story here is fictional. The inspiration for it, however, is not. The fictional relationship between the 2 characters in this story is one defined by incompatibility, with different sides of the tracks playing their usual roles. In this case the two prospective lovers feign disdain for each other—hers being more credible than his—while ultimately succumbing to “the grass is greener”… The narrative is left open ended. In the “always leave them wanting more” tradition, they probably never hook up.


Keith & Ronnie are greatly responsible for the swagger below the lyric. Between myself & Andrew Scott we managed, on more than one occasion, to emulate the delicate art of weaving that Keith Richard has alluded to many times as central to the interplay between himself & Ronnie Wood: “neither one of us is very good—but together we are the best guitar player in the world”. It is an art form based on the illusory. How to sound drunk on the guitar without actually being so much so that you lose regard for your wing man. Throughout this entire recording, Andrew Scott was my trusty wing man.

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MP3:: Luke Doucet - Gun Street Girl (Tom Waits)




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