Loudon Wainwright III
4-15-08 Loudon Wainwright III
Not to be confused with his son, Rufus (as in “Rufus Is A Tit Man”).
LP ALBUM II ATLANTIC
LP ALBUM III
CD ATLANTIC SESSIONS, THE (1st two albums) RHINO HANDMADE RNM2 7709
LP ATTEMPTED MUSTACHE
7" BICENTENNIAL (Mono) / (Stereo) promo ARISTA US AS 0174
LP LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III ATLANTIC
LP MORE LOVE SONGS DEMON
LP T SHIRT ARISTA
LP THERAPY SILVERTONE
I first heard LW3 on KPFK-FM, probably about 1972 or so. There was a radio documentary that used “Be Careful, There’s A Baby In The House” as a narrative tool. I went out and found “Album II” on
I really got into that 2nd album – really listened to it. It may have even been the first SSW ( = Singer-songwriter) album I digested after being so into Bob Dylan, when I was a young teenager. But it really spoke to me.
I bought more albums and singles – it was a little difficult to bear when he had a ‘hit single’, “Dead Skunk”. I never knew much about his private life – who he married etc. – until much later. I can state with honesty that I prefer Rufus to Martha – and like LW3 better than either of them!
Rhino Handmade must be commended for making that 2-on-1 CD of the first two Atlantic albums – just wonderful. The previously unreleased song (on the topic of being drunk) is lovely – but I can see why it wasn’t on “Album II”.
I guess I was always expecting him to write a book – perhaps an autobiography. Or maybe to turn up as a comedy actor, in some film. But, no. He stuck to the life of the troubadour, as it were. Did you ever see his very funny music video, “TSDHAV”? ( = This Song Don’t Have A Video ).
The tides of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s all come and go – and LW3 is still LW3. When I finally got to see him live, it was in an optimal setting, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, in
So, I really recommend his first two albums (the ones on Atlantic) to you, but I am good with his next few, the ones on