NIGHT MUSIC: Golden Palominos, “Dying From the Inside Out”

Golden Palominos were the drummer Anton Fier’s band, abetted by the bassist Bill Laswell and guitarist Nicky Skopelitis. At the start they had Airto Lindsey and Fred Firth on board for a loud dischordant rant. Subsequent records featured lots of guest artists and often featured the charming vocalist Syd Straw. The music ranged from arena rockish to alt-country rockish. On their second record John Lydon, Jack Bruce and Michael Stipe guested. On the record after that it was Peter Holsapple, Richard Thompson, and T-Bone Burnett, among others.

I was a big fan of this band, and saw them a few times over the mid 80s. Last time was at Studio 54, with the Ordinaires opening.

But I don’t remember this song, from their fourth album, which features Bob Mould on vocals and Richard Thompson on the guitar.

A few years ago my friend Walker suggested we go to the Living Room to see a guitarist, Tony Scherr, a guy who had played with Bill Frissell and Sexmobb and Willie Nelson, who was writing his own songs and playing out, trying to start a fire. He is an excellent guitarist and a good enough songwriter, but he didn’t break out. Or hasn’t yet. That night there were maybe 15 people in the audience, the music was terrific, and the drummer was Anton Fier, helping out a friend. Playing the drums because that’s what he does.

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