Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Marshall Crenshaw -- "Someday, Someway"

Someday, Someway (Remastered LP Version) - Marshall Crenshaw

(Debuted July 10, 1982, Peaked #36, 11 Weeks on the Chart)

Regarded as a One-Hit wonder, Marshall Crenshaw has had a longer career than many may realize. Part of that is because he's followed the beat of his own drum when it came to his craft, but he has also spent a bunch of time working behind the scenes.

Although Crenshaw wrote "Someday, Someway," it appeared on the Hot 100 the year before as a single by Robert Gordon. It only went to #76, so it wasn't likely considered to be a remake when Crenshaw released his own version. Its jangly guitar line was catchy, sounding both retro and fresh at the same time. It had a straight beat that hearkened back to early rock, with a simple arrangement to match. From the sound of his record, Marshall Crenshaw was certainly showing his influences.

Speaking of influences, Crenshaw also appeared as a few on stage and film. His first break came as part of a touring production of Beatlemania, where he played John Lennon. His glasses and musical style led to comparisons to Buddy Holly, and Crenshaw played him as well, in the 1987 film La Bamba.

After his only Top 40 hit, Crenshaw continued touring, recording and writing. One of his biggest hits was "'Til I Hear it From You," a #9 hit for The Gin Blossoms in 1995, and he also penned the title song for the 2007 film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

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