Do any of you remember Friday Night Videos? That’s where this tale begins. I was spending the night at my grandmothers one night watching Friday Night Videos with my aunt when “What I Am” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians came on.
I was in love.
Oh yeah, I also really dug the song but this 14 year old was totally into Mrs. Brickell. One of the super cool things about staying at my grandparents house was that they had a VCR and anytime I was there I was taping music videos so I had the song preserved in all it’s SLP glory to play….over and over and over and over and over….and I did. For a couple of months there Edie Brickell was the only woman for me. It took a while but I eventually got the “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars” cassette but I never really got into it. Time passed and my taste in women grew sleazier as my awareness of sex increased and my infatuation for Edie passed.
I did not hear anything else of hers until I got Windows95 and the video, Good Times, from her solo debut, Perfect Picture Morning was included on the disc. I really liked the track and decided to pick up the disc. I liked Perfect Picture Morning much more than the material I had heard before and still listen to the cd from time to time. It was also at that time I learned that she had married Al Paul Simon. I had to deal with a few demons from my youth and come to some degree of closure regarding our brief but torrid love affair but I came through.
Last year Edie & the New Bohemians released the cd Stranger Things and to be honest, it was pretty boring. Nothing on it was the awesomeness of What I Am. Edie is scheduled to release a new solo cd later this year. For better or worse I’ll be checking it out.
The video that launched a 14 year olds love affair:
from the Win95 cd comes the Good Times video:
Who the fuck is Emma Bunton? I dunno either but she did a cover of What I Am that has left me wondering why she bothered: