PLAYIN’ POSSUM: MOE TUCKER’S DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

“EVERY TRUE GENIUS IS BOUND TO BE NAIVE.” FRIEDRICH SCHILLER

Maureen Ann “Moe” Tucker is best known for having been the drummer for the New York City-based experimental avant-garde music project known as The Velvet Underground. Tucker is reported to have received no formal instruction regarding drumming, and her unique style is certainly part of the many charms associated with The Velvet Underground. Playin’ Possum is her 1982 debut solo album. It features a number of renditions of classic rock-n-roll songs including tracks popularized by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry. She also tackles in her indistinguishably unique manner Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” as well as The Velvet Underground’s own “Heroin”. Tucker is credited with performing every instrument on the album as well as recording it in her living room. The result is immediate, improvised, and inspired. For listeners especially fond of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Sticking with You”, this is a fresh blast of charm and naive genius.

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