“Butch Walker, why are you so awesome? You write so many good songs that you just throw leftovers at other artists so they can have hits too. Between yourself and Dr. Luke, the pop charts have been commandeered for the last ten years! On top of this, you have an awesome solo career backed by all your fans from Southgang, Marvelous 3, and 1969 (each band is great, btw). As a result of all your hard work, artists consistently come to your door asking for help, and you’ve produced everything from Hot Hot Heat and The Films to Avril Lavigne and Pink. This is ridiculous, Butch. Why are you not unbelievably famous by now?”
I don’t really understand the way the world works. The people who have actual talent get shuffled under the rug in favor of pop starlets and growling beasts who learned how to bellow and play power chords. It is unfair, but I guess that’s life and there’s nothing I can do about it. Nothing except post my thoughts to the Interweb of course!
Anyway, Mr. Walker has had a vast and varied career, and just released a new solo album under the name Butch Walker & the Black Widows. It’s called I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, and for the most part was co-written with Michael Trent, leader of one of my personal favorites the Films. It’s a solid album, but still doesn’t trounce my love for his 2006 solo outing The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites. That album was a bit more garage-y and really struck a chord in my ears, so as a treat, here’s a song from each of them. Enjoy the tunes and for I hope, for gosh sakes, that fame may truly find you one day, Butch…
You know, you can make a difference by buying his material, and I’m sure he’d appreciate it kindly.