Boy, we’re really doing a bang-up job with this occasional series featuring one of our faves. We haven’t had a new installment in four months. Let’s remedy that.
You may know “Seconds Of Pleasure,” released in 1980, as Rockpile’s only album. Technically, you’d be right, too.
However, Dave Edmunds’ last two albums of the ’70s are Rockpile albums, too. The classic lineup of Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams came together on “Tracks On Wax 4” in 1978 and kept rocking through “Repeat When Necessary” in 1979 on the way to “Seconds Of Pleasure.”
Both of those late-’70s albums came out on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records, for whom Edmunds loved working. Here’s what Edmunds told Classic Rock magazine last year:
“Being on Swan Song was great. How it happened was that I had a few hit records with RCA, we had our own Rockfield label, and the deal ran out and I was free. So I was sitting around at the studio recording, and Robert Plant came down to check out the studios. He had a listen to some of my stuff and offered me a deal right there and then. Within a week I was signed to (Swan Song) and they gave me a check for a load of money. And I had the album (1977’s “Get It”) ready with no more studio costs, nothing. That’s the way to do deals. … I recouped on every album. And recoup is good. It was the perfect record deal. I was allowed to do what I wanted.”
“Tracks On Wax 4” is chock full of all kinds of Edmunds’ trademark roots rock and pub rock, along with the usual covers. One of my favorites is an Edmunds original, co-written with Will Birch. In it, he laments about music that’s popular locally, but nowhere else. It’s sort of a UK pub meets American roadhouse thing, and it rocks.
“A-1 On The Jukebox,” Dave Edmunds, from “Tracks On Wax 4,” 1978.
Since you’ve been so patient, here’s a bonus track:
“A-1 On The Jukebox,” Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands, from “Happy Doing What We’re Doing,” 2005.
It’s from a fine album of pub rock covers by this Austin, Texas, group. They also cover tunes by Lowe and Rockpile on the album. McQueen has since gone on to join Asleep At The Wheel, but still appears with the Firebrands at occasional gigs around Austin.