Saturday, November 9, 2013

Another Bastard Favorite Gone

Today is a sad day in Bastardland, I heard the news that Charlie Chesterman of Scruffy the Cat succumbed to cancer. Scruffy the Cat. a Bastard favorite was alt-country before alt-country was cool. Charlie himself had a distinctive voice, alternately droll and lugubrious, joking and earnest... sometimes in the course of one song.

Here's footage of Charlie fronting a reformed Scruffy the Cat in 2011, at a concert to raise funds for his cancer treatment. The sound quality isn't the greatest, but you can get a taste of Charlie's unmistakable voice:

Here's a younger Charlie Chesterman singing a slow number about unrequited love:

Here's Charlie showcasing his ability to warble on a cover of Del Shannon's Runaway:

For some really great live links, check out the blog of another big fan of Charlie... this live recording session at Boston's WERS, dating back to 1986, is a particularly good introduction to this legendary live pub/college hall band.

By all accounts, Charlie was a genuinely nice guy and loved to interact with his fans. My older brother, Sweetums, met him after a gig in a pub and had a good conversation with him. We lost one of the best when Charlie passed.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I never heard him before. Nice links, BBBB.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

He was one of the best, Thunder.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

to answer the question no one ever bothers to ask, anymore: yes.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

to answer the question no one ever bothers to ask, anymore: yes.

Scruffy the Cat was a hell of a live band.