Monday, September 14, 2009

Stallion Alert! - Pete Krebs

As if my feelings on the man's music weren't abundantly clear. Figured I'd punctuate it thusly because we've already covered Hazel and his solo stuff, and I'm pretty sure I don't have a proper copy of the Thrillhammer record (though I should...).

He's a great musician, a tragically underrated songwriter, and he was always really nice to me when I would request songs and nerd out to him at the solo gigs he played.

For further Pete Krebs info, I suggest this five-part interview he did with the Willamette Week's Local Cut a few years back:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

It's a long series of interviews, but really well done and incredibly informative. There's an annoying absence of Krebs-related material on the web, so this is a damn fine resource to have.

I also just remembered that one night in 1999 or 2000, my friend Aimee and I – while sitting and watching Pete play – made up a Pete Krebs drinking game. I think we might have called it "Shy Town" or something like that. These are the rules, and probably won't make a lot of sense unless you know his music. This game works for both Hazel and his solo stuff, but maybe better for his solo works.

When listening to/watching Pete Krebs play, take a drink every time he mentions:

- Telephones. In any capacity. Them ringing, someone calling someone, etc.
- The highway. Or any long stretch of road.
- Alcohol or smoking cigarettes.
- Driving a car. Or the dashboard of a car.
- Hearts or valentines.

Also drink every time he does ba-ba-da-da type vocal part.

Now put on Sweet Ona Rose and have yourself a good time.

1 comment:

Biff Pocaroba said...

That Pete Krebs drinking game sounds unfair. Just the "telephone" aspect alone is dangerous. If you are curious I actually own a proper copy of the Thrillhammer CD. It is interesting but not as great as you want a Pond/Hazel collabo to be. I also have the Thrillhammer 45 which have different versions of songs from the CD.

Once again, I would venture that people outside of the NW might have a hard time understanding the fanboy type adoration that we throw on Pete. Why though I will never understand because, to me, Krebs' voice is silky smooth and he writes catchy melody after melody.

When in doubt, throw in some ba-da-das.