MPR's Chris Roberts has been delving into songs with the musicians who create them. For his latest installment of "Into the Song," Roberts talked with Nick Robin about his song "In My Pocket" which sounds strangely like vintage Velvet Underground.
"I was sort of obsessed with this girl," Robin said. "And I had really been into the Velvet Underground at the time.".
"Sort of obsessed" doesn't begin to describe "In My Pocket." You can feel the distance between the singer and the woman, her disinterest in him, his burning obsession with her, and his growing need to possess her completely. It's unsettling, unnerving, and completely intentional on Robin's part. Besides the Velvets, Robin says "In My Pocket" is kind of an homage to "Every Breath You Take," by the Police, or the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb."
"Where they're almost like misogynistic in a sense, and creepy, but in the song format it works, and people accept it as normal," he said. Only in this song, Robin pushes the obsession further, to a completely uncomfortable level
Image courtesy Nick Robin
You can hear the song, and more of Nick Robin's conversation with MPR's Chris Roberts, by licking on the audio link:
Last night Penumbra Theatre got some well-deserved major media coverage when Lou Bellamy and his team were the subject of an in-depth profile on NBC's "Rock Center" hosted by Brian Williams.
Favorite quote: when Hoda Kotb says "Lou Bellamy is proof that if you really work hard where you are, you can make something great of yourself, and I love love love that about him."
Miss the program? No worries - here it is:
Footage includes interviews with Lou Bellamy, Abdul Salaam El Razzac and Dennis Spears, and scenes of rehearsals for "I Wish You Love," "Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking" and "Two Trains Running."
For a little more on how the story was put together, check out this clip from the producer:
Congrats to Lou Bellamy and Penumbra!