Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins. It’s the title track that sets the tone, with as much of The Nightcrawlers’ “Little Black Egg” as Fuller’s “I Fought the Law” (call it a Nuggets-in-totality sensibility) and the deployment of Prophet’s precision pop-is-personal lyrics in service of a mystery story, a history lesson and a valentine all at once. Combine Jonathan Richman’s love for rock & roll, Iggy’s love for the outré and Zevon’s love for those doomed in love and you’ll have an idea who the passengers are on this Prophet road trip, which is as much a guided tour of a certain kind of music (for example, the knowing Suicide references on the song for Alan Vega) as a certain kind of life. This Grammy Museum event features Prophet in conversation as well as a performance.
San Francisco’s Chuck Prophet delves into the dark stuff on his recent