Way back in the Songs of the Day, in Fe­bru­ary I wrote about a Joe Walsh tune and added “If I keep do­ing this, he’ll get a rock­er in­to Song of the Day.” I have, and now he has: Seems to me / You don’t want to talk about it / Seems to me / You just turn your pret­ty head and walk away. Great stuff.

You know, there was some bad James Gang kar­ma back in the day. When I was sort of in the biz, as the res­i­dent house man­ag­er for all the rock con­certs at a Cana­di­an Univer­si­ty, I’d talk to road­ies and there was this ep­i­thet: “James Gang Roadie”. It was a bad thing to say to a prac­ti­tion­er of the trade.

James Gang

But then ear­li­er this week, a friend at work told me that he’d been to the cur­rent Ea­gles tour, good seat­s, and I asked “Is Joe Walsh still with the band?” and he said yes, and he was the liveli­est, most en­ter­tain­ing mem­ber. Say what you will about Joe, he’s been play­ing a lot of good mu­sic for a lot of years.

I have an­oth­er fun­ny sto­ry about this song. Back some­time in the Seven­ties, in con­nec­tion with that Univer­si­ty gig, I stage-managed our first-ever punk-rock show, a Cana­di­an band called Teenage Head. I was fair­ly as­ton­ished when they opened up with Walk Away, but I’ve been per­ma­nent­ly in love with punk ev­er since that night.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. Here’s a cheesy but mu­si­cal­ly fine video cap­ture. Here’s a bonus: a much old­er Joe Walsh and band hav­ing fun with Funk #49.

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