Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “She’s a Company Man” by Private Dancer from the 2008 album Trouble Eyes on Learning Curve Records.
Don’t be fooled. Private Dancer is not a Tina Turner tribute band nor the outfit of a character involved on a minor story arch on Scrubs. Private Dancer happens to be a very public and in your face band of misfits set on tying together every strand of rock and roll to pass their ears in the last 20 years into a tightly wound ball of yarn for each of us to bat around until the next musical savior comes.
Private Dancer flaunts their punk, surf, and garage leanings for all to hear (and proudly file themselves under such labels). Anyone with an ear for music is bound to find something enjoyable about the Minnesota fivesome’s hodge podge of classic rock motifs. Bombastic percussion, jangly rhythm guitars, sing-along vocals, and quick, sloppy solos encompass Private Dancer’s all-out assault on modern indie ‘rock.’ Rather than focus on trying to recapture a sound or a time that no longer exists, Private Dancer choose to entertain by playing whatever riff they cough from their smoke-blackened lungs. Perhaps nothing more than just a great bar band, Private Dancer deliver rock and roll from a place most of us have never seen and few of us would ever venture.
According to the band’s MySpace page, Private Dancer are gearing up for a lengthy tour of the Midwest and East Coast. While we weep here in the Pacific Northwest, use this video of the band live to help dry your wet eyes. Here they are performing “Farmer John” about a year ago: