By Jon Konjoyan
Jimmer Podrasky, lead singer of the 1980s pop/punk Rave-Ups is back with a new solo album now playing on Sirius radio and earning rave (sorry, couldn’t resist) reviews from hipster outlets like blurt.com. “The album’s a beaut … one of the best,” crows blurt, awarding the The Would-Be Plans CD four stars.
The Rave-Ups received strong reviews and landed plum appearances in the Brat Pack film Pretty in Pink and Beverly Hills, 90210 but mainstream stardom eluded them. Now simply going by “Jimmer,” the 50-something singer-songwriter has released a surprisingly vital album stylistically reminiscent of the critically acclaimed earlier work.
Would-Be Plans is a well written, expressively voiced, tuneful collection of rockin’ hooks and harmonies, with flavors of country, folk, and a touch of the blues.
An underrated writer who counts among his influences the Ramones and Bob Dylan, Jimmer and a crack four-piece ensemble (including Mitch Marine and Brian Whelan of the Dwight Yoakum band) are playing a series of shows at Lucy’s 51 in Toluca Lake. Their next performance is Wednesday, March 19. If you love pop melodies, truly inspired guitar jams and artists like T-Bone Burnett, Peter Case or even Springsteen — go.
And what about the 23 years in between recordings? Jimmer took time off to raise his son Chance. “I never stopped writing songs even though I’d basically stopped performing and recording,” he told caughtinthecarousel.com. “To me, it’s always been about the song – so long as I still have a guitar to write with, I’m a happy camper.”
For more about Jimmer or to listen to his CD go to jimmermusic.com/music.