Undesirables on Main Street
two in a row, exiled on main street.
the rolling stones classic double vinyl on a dime (for those who husker du the minutemen/double nickels). billed as two voices and one guitar, i couldn’t imagine it. the reality as corin raymond one half of The Undesirables from toronto reminded us after every richards jagger classic and the two covers, they were climbing a mountain, and we the audience were the sherpas
and times changed, on main street in wpg, the base camp. we climbed together and we carried the songs and we danced and sang and played along and hollered and whooped. two nights only, because john scoles the house/coated owner and patron of the times changed family asked The Undesirables to perform exile on main street. all 18 songs.
and stripped down, naked, two voices and one acoustic guitar the sheer ultimate beauty of exile on main street shined through. and we basked in the tunes and the delivery man delivered through the snow and cold late november nights.
if you’re a fortunate son or daughter and are able to see The Undesirables as they swing through a touring spiel venue near you, shout out out out, “Exile On Main Street!” and maybe, just maybe, they’ll pull a gem and shine a light on you.
the times changed high and lonesome is a bar so small, legally holding, 85? and when those 85 sherpas are there, heaving and sharing the load, the weight, that magical thing that robbie robertson and the band understood in their bones, there is nothing to compare to it in winnipeg, on a cold cold night, or when the sweat is on in july, and you’re praying for a welcoming breeze.
you’re in the house that john scoles built and we’re family. and the thing is, if you’re a part of the family, you bring your own housecoat your own robe and you hang it on a hook and it’s there for you, anytime to put on, and stroll around the bar, just like your home, because it is home. and john wears his and he writes the housecoat diaries in uptown magazine.
oh, my station is at the door, i welcome the guests. with a smile.
and comforting reassurance, you’ve come to the right/left place. the
falling place/where you can fall in love or in lust for an evening.
or more. relationships bloom. be they the one/nighters or the