KEEPIN' IT REAL

posted March 28, 2011

Today's musicians are a sorry lot. We got a glee club recording covers and knocking the sales out of the originals today. And every week is some new crap-pop that is replacing the last looped-up hip hop at the top of the Billboard charts � it's like a veritable game of Chutes and Ladders. And now the band Ag47* (the asterisk isn't part of the name) is shooting up the Billboard ladder with their song "Just Drive On Out"

What's the fuss over their song? Well, of course it wasn't written by the Brit-"rockers"�if you can call a band that when your guitar's your quaternary instrument. But they took the song from hidden gem and folksy songwriter, Jarvis Bowes, who's been composing melodies out of the state loony bin for the last three decades. Back in the early '80s, Bowes was convicted of raping, torturing, and murdering a woman. No, this isn't something out of the Hostel movies. This guy's the real deal. And now he writes hit songs about it.

Have a listen to Ag47's chart-topper.

Props for not using Auto-Tune. Maybe there will be a comic book made based on the song. Then a summer blockbuster that'll get an Oscar nom. They give them to everybody these days.

*And what's up with their name? Was Vanadium23 already taken?