Marshall Crenshaw’s album releases have been somewhat sporadic in the past, but the Berkley-bred rocker plans to record a series of singles that will come out “one every four months for the next two years.” Each will carry on original song on the A side and a cover on the flip, and they’ll be pressed on vinyl as well as available in some manner online.
“It’s not exactly formalized yet, but that’s where I’m heading,” says Crenshaw, 56, who now resides with his wife and two children in upstate New York and is best known for his ‘80s hits “Someday Someway” and “Cynical Girl” and for playing John Lennon in an off-Broadway production of “Beatlemania.” “I’m thinking that whoever is left out there who still buys records, I should be trying to connect with them and relate with them, ‘cause I still love records myself.
“I like the way it’s going and the stuff that’s coming along so far. Instead of shoving 12 songs out there at once, it’s two, which I think is cool. I’m really intrigued by the whole idea and inspired by it, too, which is really the point.”
Crenshaw’s own songs do not have titles yet, but he’s also recorded versions of Harry Nilsson’s “Don’t Forget Me,” the Move’s “No Time” and the Bobby Fuller Four’s “Never Be Forgotten.” He’s talking with possible distributors and business partners now and hopes to have the project up and running by late summer or fall.
Meanwhile, Crenshaw — whose last album, “Jaggedland,” came out a year ago — is spending this year doing mostly solo shows. He’s also resumed his radio show, “Bottomless Pit,” which can be heard at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on WKZE in New York and on www.wkze.com, with hopes of a syndication deal for it in the near future.
“It’s just me with whatever (music) I have in my back pocket at that particular moment,” Crenshaw says. “I just play my records and run my mouth, put my musicologist sweater on and sort of go for it. Last January I went down to Memphis to work on something and came back and did an all-Memphis show. My family and I are going to France for vacation, so I’m going to do an all-French show next week ...
“It’s whatever I want it to be, and I love doing it, so it’s great to be back.”
Marshall Crenshaw and Jill Jack perform Wednesday, June 16, at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-30. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com. Crenshaw will also be part of the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue during the Concert of Colors on July 17 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Visit www.concertofcolors.com for information.
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