Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Alejandro Escovedo

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Alejandro Escovedo

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ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO

Real Animal (Back Porch Records, 2008)

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Alejandro Escovedo has been in the rock and roll business for 30 years now, but Real Animal, his first major-label release, is the breakthrough that puts together his disparate pieces.

Escovedo has one of the great unsung hero rock biographies. He fronted San Francisco's first punk band, The Nuns, who were the opening act at the Sex Pistols' last show. Then he went home to Texas and helped invent the alternative-country genre with the band Rank and File. A couple of bands and several solo albums later, in 2003 Escovedo almost died from hepatitis C.

The near-death experience was recounted on his last album, The Boxing Mirror. But the rest of his life is all here on Real Animal. In fact, the albums autobiographical tunes comprise a middle-era rock history survey. Just look at the track list--"Nuns Song" "Chip N' Tony" (his Rank and File bandmates), "Chelsea Hotel '78"(where Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died). …

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