I can go on and on about my love for Califone. This band, led by Tim Rutili, is doing exactly what I like in music so much – fusion of styles. They are based in blues, but they can make their blues sound like Werner Herzog‘s film soundtrack, or even an Eno inspired blues, fro his Airports period. If was living in Chicago, I would give a lot to play with them. Even if it’s only Kazoo. I have this dream, that one day they’ll make an album with Bert Jansch as his accompanying band. How cool can that be ha?
Most people who follow Califone, have heard of Rutil’s previous band Red Red Meat, which was a fantastic band. But, Rutili’s journey had started one step before RRM. In the age of 27, he moved to Chicago, for purpose of studies. Then, he formed his first band Friends Of Betty. FOB lived a very short life, though they did manage to record one album called Blind Faith II.
Contrary to Rutili’s easy going and smooth attitude in Califone, in FOB he was much angrier person as it seems, or maybe just full of energy, so FOB was a fast and energetic punk band, with Rutili’s acoustic guitar plugged to effects, not the typical gear for this kind of music.
Their album was released in 1988 and didn’t make any impact, and that’s maybe the reason why it wasn’t reissused on cd. Save your attempts of finding a copy of that record, as there are couple of rips traveling between blogs. The album is cute, not much more then that, but for Califone fans, it’s interested to see the changes in direction that Rutili took.
And while I’m at it, if you read this Tim – I need a new Califone album. Thanks.