Best Second Acts & Spiritualized Review

This week it’s the Comeback Kids of rock and roll. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot highlight some of the Best Second Acts in music history.

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Dick Clark, an adult even more youthful than Jim or Greg, died this week at age 82. The world’s oldest teenager helped put rock and roll on the map through American Bandstand. As Greg explains, he was the bridge between the teens and the grown-ups and introduced people to a number of important acts including James Brown, Buddy Holly, and Ike and Tina Turner. While not the hippest of music fans, he also provided a platform for acts like Public Image Limited and a young Madonna. Though perhaps that was much to his chagrin.

Best Second Acts

Go ahead...call it a comeback. This week Jim and Greg highlight some of rock and roll’s best Second Acts. These artists either fell into obscurity or went down a bad path before reemerging successfully, perhaps better than before. Famous examples include Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Presley, who told the world he wasn’t yet down for the count at his ‘ 68 Comeback Special. There’s also Santana, whose record Supernatural went 15 times platinum in 1999, decades after his heyday in the late ‘60s. And don’t forget about Cher, who at age 53 had the number one song Believe. Here are Jim and Greg’s favorite Comeback Kids.

Jim

  • Paul Weller
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Everlast
  • Mission of Burma

Greg

  • Marvin Gaye
  • Portishead
  • Roy Orbison
  • Robyn

Sweet Heart Sweet Light Spiritualized

Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Jason Pierce, the force behind Spiritualized, isn’t shy about returning to his inspirations, album after album. There’s the noise/melody combo of the Velvet Underground, German art rock, gospel music and free jazz. But melding those elements together well is no small feat. He does it again on Sweet Heart Sweet Light, which Greg says is good, but only 2nd tier. He’d refer listeners back to 1997’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. The new one is just a Burn It. Jim is forced to bite his tongue when he hears this, as he sees Sweet Heart Sweet Light as Spiritualized’s most optimistic album to date. Pierce has battled a lot of pain and fought liver disease, and the musical result is a masterpiece. Jim says Buy It.

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