Song: Cold Part of Town
Band: Concrete Blonde
Cold Part of Town is from Concrete Blonde’s 1986 eponymous debut album. The spare lyrics perfectly suit the LA band’s stark, all-business arrangement which evokes a remote, forlorn, faintly sinister place. Songwriter, bassist and lead singer Johnette Napolitano instills a welcome dose of warmth and fragile humanity in this song about loneliness, regret, bad choices - and perhaps a slim shred of hope. Drummer Harry Rushakoff and guitarist James Mankey complete the tightly cohesive trio, but it’s Napolitano’s powerful and distinctive vocals which carry the load and give the song its aching heart. Youtube link below.