Song of the Day, December 18: Some New Highway by the Swimming Pool Q’s

SPQHighwayToday’s song is the centerpiece of an overlooked classic of 80s rock. The Swimming Pool Q’s formed around the potent musical vision of Jeff Calder. A talented musician with a southern gothic sensibility, he brought together a talent group of like-minded individuals. The Swimming Pool Q’s staked out unique territory in the growing Athens/Atlanta alt-rock scene, a sort of literate southern rock.

The band’s eponymous second album — their major label debut — is magnificent, a stunning collection of character sketches and musical short stories. Some New Highway is a travelling song, a scathing look at the growth of the mini-mall and the loss of the best parts of rural culture balanced with a hope that this destruction might also drive out the worst parts of that history. Singer Anne Richmond Boston delivers a passionate vocal as the band swirl and drive around her.

After one more album, A&M dropped the band and Boston went her own way. They Q’s gradually faded away, occasionally popping up around Atlanta. They reunited a couple of years ago, and the fire still burns bright. Enjoy this stunning live version of Some New Highway from 2014.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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