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I got a decent amount of feedback regarding my last post about Steve Forbert, so thought I'd follow up with his second record, Jackrabbit Slim. This is considered by many to be the best Forbert record, and it was certainly the most successful commercially. Romeo's Tune was his only top 20 hit, the piano riff as catchy as a Beyonce jingle, poetic lyrics with spot on vocals. Definitely a mix-tape keeper.

[mp3]: Steve Forbert - Romeo's Tune

The song is written so well, it even survived a Keith Urban mauling:
Really not that bad. But I do hate that guy's fake southern accent.

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Joining Elliott Murphy and countless others in line to be deemed "The Next Dylan," Steve Forbert's debut Alive on Arrival is as close to perfect as albums get.  I have the fantastic music blog Sixeyes to thank for exposing me to my first Forbert tune, early last summer.  One listen to Going Down to Laurel, and I was hooked, like Vincent D'Onofrio in The Cell.  (Don't try too hard to remember - there's a reason your brain wants you to forget)

Coincidentally, my friend Bob from Dodger-town (unless I'm mistaken and they refer to it as Clipper-ville) became obsessed with Forbert as well.  When I visited LA that summer, in between multiple playings of Weezer's The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, we pumped the Steve Forbert.  Thirty years after it was released, it was again the song of the summer. 

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