Speaking of Nick Drake, I realized that a number of you are probably less than familiar with the songwriter than you should be. Drake’s work, while never gaining much popularity (he adamantly refused to promote his own work), was incredibly important to his contemporaries, and his effect on music is certainly felt, if not often realized.
For most non-obsessives, exposure to Nick Drake came by way of a particularly popular Volkswagon Cabrio commercial from a few years back, which has to mark the strangest use of a song about nuclear winter ever. Personally I was tipped to Drake in the early 90’s, when Kansas City radio host Bill Shapiro did a retrospective on the man.
I think Pink Moon is easily one of the most perfect albums ever recorded, but anyone interested in his work should just go ahead and get the Fruit Tree box set when it’s re-released later this month, as it’s a wonderfully complete look at Drake’s work.
In the meantime, check out this 5 part documentary, ‘A Skin Too Few’, which should give a fairly complete overview on the life of trouble troubadour Nick Drake.