Nick Drake- Pink Moon (Originally released in 1972, Island Records 180 gram reissue 2013) artist's straddle the line between art and commerce. Once art
is produced, catalogued and barcoded, the equation changes. The art becomes a commodity. It is difficult to imagine an artist struggling in anonymity when we have access to so much online. Though he never lived to see any of his 30 something songs as hits per se, Nick Drake has been given his due finally. Thanks in large part to a VW ad in this country, let's be honest.
I know there was a time when "selling out" was a bad thing, but as economic realities change, so does the business model. It is the same reason I try to purchase t-shirts etc from bands that tour in smaller venues as it is a
higher profit, gas/food/lodging money for them. I say, if an artist licenses a song to Outback Steakhouse, and it keeps them afloat to continue creating, then so be it. Though a select few discerning few (Yana and I) knew about Phoenix, it was timing, a great song and a Cadillac commercial
that broke them in the US. Feist, Nicola Conte, Walkmen, Royksopp, and even Le Tigre have been used in commercials! I always get a kick hearing Iggy Pop's ode to kicking heroin selling cruise packages.
So back to Nick Drake and this album. It is simply beautiful. Just Nick, an acoustic guitar, his words and voice. As his last album, and the first to be released in the US, not much else is needed. It is short, sad, and full of life's beauty and failings as seen by Mr. Drake. Sadly, he will never know the reach of his influence on artists and fans. But we are the better for him being here for his short time.(filed between Dragonette and Dum Dum Girls) @parkavecds