Honey Steel’s Gold

 

The day before my 33rd birthday, I smoked 14 packs of cigarettes. Then, the next morning, I got up and ran 3 miles non stop. It was the farthest I’d run in over 15 years . . .  It took some real planning to kick that vice. You can’t kill off your best friend and constant companion without a solid game plan and I knew if I was really going to quit, I had to do something extreme, and mark it on a major date. It was a real change in directions, a turning point in my life. I don’t know for sure how many packs I really did smoke that day. I know I went through a whole carton and then went out that evening, to buy more. It was one long sick day. I threw up several times that night, and had trouble breathing, while I continued to chain smoke one after another right up until midnight. I’ve never touched another cigarette since.

A year later Ed Kuepper released Honey Steel’s Gold. King of Vice kicks off the record with a 9 minute masterpiece of swirling, marching guitar, piano, and drums that brilliantly capture the sense of fortitude and solitude I experienced that night. It is followed up by the beautifully perverse remake of the Hart/Rodgers classic Everything I’ve Got Belongs to you a tribute to the dark side and negative spaces that occupy even the strongest of relationships between a man and a woman.

This entire album is packed, and like Bob Mould’s Work Book or Morrissey’s Viva Hate, it marks a critical turning point for me, a life changing milestone. Enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Honey Steel’s Gold

  1. I am trying to find some way of gtneitg a message for Leann Rimes. We love her music. It would be so nice to be able to find her, we have SO mny people in common. Any info you can tell me about would be wonderful! We still have so much snow in Kansas, & with our name we get a lot of teasing, Thank so much if you could help us in any way to get ahold of someone that would let us know how to contact her, Wel love you on Larry’s Country Diner! Thank you & God Bless

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