2011 February 13 Sunday
Rickie Lee Jones Live in Paris 1985 Last Chance Texaco

The video quality is only fair but the band is very good and she's in good form.

In London in 1980.

I saw her live once when she was going thru a rough patch, drinking what looked like whiskey between songs. Her talent was much better appreciated by musicians than by the general public even when she was releasing her early albums. Wikipedia has a detailed write-up of her career.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 February 13 07:24 PM  Music

James Bowery said at February 14, 2011 10:26 AM:

Why put up these videos on Parapundit?

How interesting that you would place a couple of music performance videos on Parapundit. Not your usual fare, Randall.

I find it even more interesting given that when I first heard "Last Chance Texaco" circa 1980, it struck me as not only an outstanding piece of music but, thematically, the only song, even till today, to have placed the fate of boomer women in appropriate perspective. And she did it more than a decade before that fate was being played out. It struck me hard at that time because I could foresee it looming at that early date as well and also saw how taboo it was to so prophesy not only at that early date, but even now to openly recognize. We're supposed to go along with the "Sex In the City 2" view.

Randall Parker said at February 14, 2011 10:50 AM:


Music videos on ParaPundit: I've explained this previously. But again: We need some relief from the unrelenting tale of woe I have to tell you. Yes, we are living in a decaying society. So we need to find some pleasure and relief from the decay that we can not stop. I see the music videos as somewhat analogous to Ferdinand Bardamu's use of pictures of attractive women.

Your observation about "Last Chance Texaco": You mean she's describing a woman who is worn out from playing the sexual field? Yes, sure does sound like it. She is losing her sexual attraction, her sexual market value is in decline. She's desperate for a last chance to get hooked up in a permanent relationship. Yes, it certainly describes what women do to themselves these days.

You were observant to pick up on the implications of that song in 1980. Rickie Lee is one of those artists who can channel the zeitgeist without necessarily understanding the big picture.

no i don't said at February 14, 2011 11:31 AM:

I think so many song videos here, shows how this blog is losing depth. Is Parapundit becoming an entertainment forum now?

...while there are so many interesting topics to discuss.

James Bowery said at February 14, 2011 1:02 PM:

"Last Chance Texaco" is not entertainment. It is tragedy made even more poignant on the scale of civilization by its solitude in a vast ocean of "popular media".

Randall Parker said at February 14, 2011 6:40 PM:


You do not find tragedy entertaining?

Look, I understand where you are coming from. But feeling emotional pain about the decline of civilization only makes its impact on you worse.

bell curve said at February 18, 2011 1:27 PM:

Well, I don't care about her or her music now that I have read the wikipedia article on her and found out she is a rabid leftist. I will not listen to or follow any music artist who is a commie rat or a commie bitch. Basically, I pretty much hate any music that has vocals. I just listen to channels on Itunes, of instrumental music streams like Ambient or Electronic. And I try to know as little as possible about the bands making the music, because then I don't have to find out that they are commie rats.

(I still listen to classical music too).

Hannes Minkema said at December 21, 2013 2:52 PM:

@bell curve: I hope that one day you may find the guts to be human again, and the consider other people as human, too.

tyshalle said at March 20, 2014 9:48 PM:

Sometimes a car is just a car... I'm not sure what the song means but life's frustrations whether with cars or relationships seems like a possible theme. Her lyrics are clever and still engaging after all these years..
civilizations have risen and fallen for thousands of years. Oddly enough we are following a path the anazazi followed hundreds of years ago.

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