I know a lot of people are paying tribute to the passing of Lou Reed. He made a lot of music I love, and since I was a kid I have followed his career. He will be missed by many, obviously.
But for me, I am mourning the fact that I will never be able to see Charlie Chesterman or Scruffy the Cat play live ever again. Those of you who have been paying attention know how much I loved the guy. Heck, the name of this dumb blog is a sideways tribute to his band, that should tell you something. Thanks to the guy with the best mullet ever I met in university who turned me on to Scruffy the Cat, I am forever in his debt. Chesterman was real rock 'n' roll, raw romanticism, riotous, raucous, rib-tickling even
Charlie recently passed away after a long bout with cancer. The only thing we can do is rejoice in the great music he left and help his family by paying for some of that music. If you can, please do so. If you cannot, please recognize how much of a contribution he made; pass it on, let others hear his music.
You can also send a check right to Chesterman's family at:
Friends of Charlie Chesterman
c/o Juliann Cydylo
18 Mayhew Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
Or donate to a Gofundme site if you'd rather chip in online.
The sound is not optimal, but this performance of Goodbye to You is from the 2011 Scruffy the Cat reunion, so it's apt.
How about a Chesterman tribute that features Young Fresh Fellows, Letters to Cleo, and 22 more?
Letters to Cleo doing Scruffy's tune You Dirty Rat
Grain Belt - My Friend Ringo
Try out the recent release of Chesterman's collectibles, touted as a collection of "hard-to-find compilation tracks and previously unreleased rarities by the ex-Scruffy The Cat frontman, spanning 1992-2012".
Scruffy the Cat - Tiny Days
Scruffy the Cat - Upside Down
Scruffy the Cat - My Baby She's All Right
Scruffy The Cat - Beg, Borrow and Steal
Scruffy the Cat - Moons of Jupiter
Charlie Chesterman- Everybody's Baby
Charlie Chesterman - Mona's Prayer (Harmony Rocket #3)
Charlie Chesterman - Confession (Harmony Rocket #4)
Scruffy the Cat - Nova SS 1968 / My Baby She's Alright
Scruffy The Cat - Happiness To Go! /Pipeline /Johnny B. Goode
Scruffy The Cat - My Fate Was Sealed With A Kiss/Matchbox
mp3s will be posted for a limited time and are for promotional purposes only. If you like it, buy the albums, go to the shows, buy the t-shirts - support the artist so they can keep on keepin' on. Artists - if you would like an mp3 or video removed, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
If you've got something Scruffy should hear, same email. Snail mail is cool too.
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