Monday, March 03, 2008

Jeff Healey, 1967-2008

I was a huge fan of Jeff Healey in '88-'89...his videos had been making the rounds on MTV and VH1 at that point. "Angel Eyes" was a ballad that had been doing well in video airplay but I was a bigger fan of "Confidence Man".
These were the kinds of tunes I was into at that age, right before my obsession with Tad, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth and Pixies...even after I gained those more atavistic obsessions I still enjoyed Healey's blues and his straightforward presentation: a guy who would sing and play the guitar. He didn't come off like an "act"; he came off like a blues player. It's a shame he died so young...41 seems young to me, anyway.

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