Joan As Police Woman, Real Life (2006)
I’m aware there’s been a fair bit about Joan As Police Woman in my timeline of late, but it’s surreal – (and so real) – and it bears repeating…I loved the first Joan album so much. I love the other ones too. But this one left its mark. And I realised that recently when reviewing her “Joanthology” there are great songs on the other albums too but this debut was just something very special. So, I was pretty stoked when I heard she was coming to town – finally coming to town. Get this: when I reviewed this Real Life album in 2006 the medium was MySpace – and I contacted Joan via MySpace and sent her the review. She wrote back saying thanks. And I replied and told her she should come to NZ. She wrote back saying that she was trying. She would make it. And it took 13 years but she came and played a hell of a gig! But it’s better than just that. I get the job of driving her to her interview – and so I take her up the hill to RNZ and I tell her, on the way, about the MySpace thing. She laughs and tells me that she believes that anyone with the tenacity to stick it out in the music industry will eventually meet: we’ll all meet! Later, at the gig, she shares my MySpace story, in a shout-out to me from the stage. One of two shoutouts. Unreal. (My wife will later laugh, “It was dead air whenever your name was mentioned though!) One of Joan’s media appearances was on my podcast, meaning I picked her up and drove her to my house to conduct an interview, or conversation. You’ll hear that when you do (if you’re a regular follower of any of the pages where you’ve found this) but it was surreal to think (and so real!) that Joan As Police Woman (aka Joan Wasser) would end up in my house throwing the dog-toy to my pet, Bowie. She loves dogs and loved meeting him – she even mentioned him from the stage the next night! And she signed the shit out of my record. This wonderful, fabulous set of songs. This brilliant, brilliant record.
Sample Track: Feed The Light
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