“Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine…”
And with that opening line Patti Smith had this little Catholic school girl HOOKED! After years of hearing Michael Stipe from R.E.M. and other rock stars of his ilk declare their love for Patti I thought it was high time I listened to her stuff for myself. I first heard her debut album, Horses, some time in mid to late high school and I was entranced by this poetess who was ballsy and exuded a no-fucks given attitude that was the embodiment of my teenage years. Just like my hero, Debbie Harry, Patti was entrenched in the New York City punk rock scene of the 70s but they seemed to be polar opposites and apparently there was a long standing rivalry between the two. Whether there is any truth to that rumour there’ll always be room for BOTH rocker babes on my soundtrack!
After years of devoting her life to her family Patti was out of the scene for many years but made a comeback in the 90s after the death of her husband. She’s now recording and touring again and has even gone on to publish a couple of books, one of which (Just Kids) is being turned into a TV show which I’m ecstatic about! This book embodies everything I ever dreamed about living in NYC as a poor and struggling artist – HEAVEN!
If you’re a fan of strong, rocker babes than I would definitely recommend listening to Patti on the immediate! She has so many huge songs to choose from and picking just one is too hard, so for the first time in Sunday Sessions history I’m giving you 2 for the price of 1! (Lucky peeps) First up is the song she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen and is probably her most well known tune. Although I knew of the song it took me hearing 10,000 Maniacs’ cover of it on MTV Unplugged for me to fall in love with it!
Then there’s the song that started it all, another cover but this time it’s Patti covering Van Morrison; AH-maze!! Happy Sunday dollface, let’s hope you have a rocking good day!