No, no, don’t worry, the Spill hasn’t just been sponsored by an international sporting goods manufacturer, nor have we been “cast-away”. (see what I did there???)
Rather, this crazy (and regularly absent) Spill contributor from down under was browsing through his music collection the other day and got to thinking about a large number of musical “Wilsons”. The Marconium already has six solo Wilson artists, probably countless more if we include band members, and that may be the tip of the iceberg.
So, as a semi-regular series, I thought each Wednesday that I get around to it, I will showcase a “Wilson” and open up comment/debate on that Wilson. There are of course obvious Wilsons to explore, and we will, but there will also be some more obscure ones as well. Hey, I will even take requests for Wilsons, and better still, happy for anyone else to provide a write up for Wilson Wednesday – you are all so much more musically knowledgeable than I am.
So what better way to kick off Wilson Wednesday than to alienate the audience and go with an obscure Wilson – Marie Wilson.
Marie burst onto the Australian mainstream rock music scene in the late 90’s, and got a lot of airplay on those sorts of radio stations with this track – Next Time
Some of you may hear elements of Chrissie Hynde, Sheryl Crow, Meredith Brooks or even Melissa Etheridge in there (or am I just reciting a clichéd list of chicks with guitars?)
It looked, to my then much younger eyes, that she was going to become the next big thing, but no sooner had this track had its run of endless airplay, she seemed to disappear off the scene entirely. Not that this is should be the measuring stick, but I can’t even find a Wikipedia page on Marie.
In my opinion – it’s a fun track without being amazing track. From memory, I really liked it when I first heard it (but my tastes have evolved a lot since then), but started to get sick of it due to the overexposure at the time. Having probably not heard the song in nearly twenty years prior to me looking it up on youtube yesterday, I have to say it was enjoyable to re-aquaint myself with it, and I found myself quite nostalgic for those, to quote the Kinks “young and innocent days” of being at uni.
So – tell us what you think. Do you know anything about Marie? Had you heard the track before? What did you think of the track? Is Wilson Wednesday a stupid idea?
NEXT TIME (see what I did there?) – will be a less obscure, Wilson musical legend (and that is not a giveaway, because I have a few in mind that could fit that description!)