This song has been part of the repertoire for quite some time. Buffalo T has played it once or twice, but it was a staple at the Toad and Lizard Lounge residencies with Billy, Billy, Matt, and Philly (Crown Victoria II). For those shows, it just felt right, playing it to what had been a packed house but was a sparse bar by closing time.
And it is an autumnal song. It is almost THE autumnal song. Certainly, it was one of the most important songs in my musical upbringing. Why cover it now, just as summer is getting into full swing? Well, it is winter in the southern hemisphere, the World Cup just finished up and so those down under are settling in for a long winter's nap, and, well, I just haven't gotten around to it until now.
Well, that, and I am leaving in the morning for Chicago, a town I will always identify with, among other things and people, Nick Digilio, a talk show host on WGN, long-time BT supporter, a friend, and a collaborator. I worked with Nick on a play of his, providing a musical score. I think it was fall when I was in Chicago for that. What was the name of the play? Why, "Here Comes a Regular." It seems that song struck deep into our generation.
So maybe I will cover it if you come on down to Schuba's Friday night. I will be all sunburned from my first outing to Wrigley, a pilgrimage that I have been unable to make until now.
And I drink a great big whiskey to you anyway, Cubs fans.
Here Comes a Regular mp3
For other Replacements posts, look here and here.
For my score of the play, "Here Comes a Regular," click here.