03 December 2005

Jim MacClean, R.I.P.

They never got quite as famous as they deserved to, in fact they never got very famous at all, but if you want to know what the early Gilman Street scene was all about, Sacramento’s Sewer Trout are as good a place as any to start. Sloppy and chaotic, yet incredibly catchy and poppy, with lyrics that more than lived up to song titles like “Wally and the Beaver Go To Nicaragua” and “President of the Anarchist Club,” they were the one of the first and perhaps the greatest in a long line of brilliantly demented bands to come blazing out of California’s superheated but strangely wonderful capital city.

Their driving force, at least in my opinion, was always singer and bassist, Jim MacLean, who also went on to form a crazy and great country-punk outfit called Elmer. Sadly, Jim has now passed away under tragic circumstances. You can read some tributes from his many friends and admirers here.


Dave Smith said...

Hi Larry,

It's nice that you're not sore about a couple of drunks from 10 years ago. It's a very confusing thing that Jim did. I keep waiting for him to show up with a 12 pack of cheap beer to say, "Hey stupid, that was just a joke".


Larry Livermore said...

To be honest, I don't even remember Jim giving me a hard time. Maybe I was just too oblivious to realise I was being picked on, but my memories of Jim are pretty much all good ones. Although it's been many years since I've seen him, the news still hit me like a kick in the guts. My heart goes out to all those who knew and loved him.