Ken Stringfellow: Danzig In The Moonlight

Occasional Posie and former Big Star’s fourth solo album.

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First made infamous with the Seattle band signed to Geffen that weren’t Nirvana, Stringfellow only really registered with the mainstream when he joined REM as a studio and live player. Even Michael Stipe, it seems, was a Posies fan.

Over the years, he appeared as part of Big Star and performed prolifically alongside everyone from Neil Young to Death Cab For Cutie. His solo albums have been more intermittent, and this latest is his best yet.

Shot through with the rueful pop music that the Posies made their own – Superwise, Drop Your Pride, 110 Or 220V – he still manages to surprise when he duets with Charity Rose Theilen on the Lee Hazlewood‐like Doesn’t It Remind You Of Something, and summons up the ghost of Al Green on the soulful Pray.

Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion.