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The Traveling Wilburys Redux

Musical genius swoon.

I love Pandora Radio via my Roku box so freaking much*.  It is the best blend of iPod and radio; it plays out the surround sound and provides me with the artist, song title and album.  The logarithm or algorithm or whatever crazy math they use is incredible to me; they base the play list on one artist or song or genre and give you stuff you already know and love and toss in tracks similar enough that you discover new favorites.   My favorite channel is The Traveling Wilburys.  I get piles of Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Dylan and so on.  I haven’t met too many new loves but I am reacquainted with songs I’ve forgotten about.  It is musical Facebook!

Not surprisingly, that channel plays a lot of Traveling Wilburys’ songs.  And they were such an anomaly, such an amazing supergroup, that I am grieving anew the loss of George Harrison and Roy Orbison.  Now, I realize the collaboration was very likely a once-in-a-lifetime event.  But what if it could be revisited?  What if they re-banded with two new members?  Who could fill the shoes of Roy Orbison (the grandaddy of the group) or George Harrison (the driving force)?  I’ve given it some thought; who is that creative, that offbeat and able to blend, ego-free, with this collection of legends and icons?  I kind of think Beck could fill the bill. I wonder if Ben Harper could play well enough with others to make a go of it.  You know who might be awesome (and I know I will get shit for this) but Eric Clapton might be a wondrous choice.  What about Jack Johnson?  Is he too mellow?  Too flash-in-the-pan pop?  Bruce Springsteen?  Roy Orbison thought enough of him to include him in The Black & White Night.  This is hard!

You know who is an easy elimination though?  John Mayer doesn’t even get to be considered.  He is way too much of an immature pussy hound dbag to even be considered for such an honor.  If only stupid death hadn’t taken Warren Zevon decades too soon, he would be such an obvious choice!

I like making polls so here’s a poll!

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  1. Acadia

    Coming up next on….Vange kills me

  2. Patrick

    A big yes to Elvis Costello. How about Brian Setzer? or Mark Knopfler?

  3. krylonoclast

    Jack White
    Les Claypool
    David Lee Roth
    Frank Beard

  4. Acadia

    To keep Vange from killing me, I vote for not redoing it. If forced to redo it, I think that I would replace Harrison with Roger Daltrey and Orbison with Elvis Costello. They both seem like they’d have fun.

  5. vange

    @bluzdude: I agree. Sadpants galore.

    Enjoy every sandwich, my friend.

  6. VetTech

    Clapton has no ego…He’s doing cell phone commercials now for crying out loud. Clapton & Harrison were very close, I wonder if they ever got past the wife stealing stuff.

    Willbury’s were awesome. Keep Jeff, Bob & Tom (I am on a first named basis) and bring in Dave Edmunds and Clapton (Randy Newman or I’ll second Elvis Costello if Clapton won’t do it)

  7. vange

    I forgot Mark Knopfler, grrrrr, he’d be awesome. I wonder about Robert Plant–Raising Sand was so amazing. Okay what about bringing a chick in…namely Alison Krauss? Whoa.

    @VetTech: I’m not sure you can live with “Clapton is God” for as many years as he has and have no ego. And that TMobile Fender phone commercial kicks ass. I can’t see Randy Newman as a Wilbury. He’s a sweet funny lil man but he isn’t of this caliber.

    @Krylon: Jack White could be very fun but David Lee Roth made me laugh hard.


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