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Whistler, Chaucer, Detroit and Greenhill, 04.29.02 ...


The following letter from David Bullock, a musician and Gilmore Girls fan, is a GilmoreGirls.org exclusive. David contacted GilmoreGirls.org after watching the show and noticing that the album "Whistler, Chaucer, Detroit and Greenhill" was mentioned by Rory Gilmore's best friend, Lane Kim. This is of special significance to David because he worked on that album. Read on for more.

<< My incredibly stunning daughters, ages 15 and 12, are only allowed to watch one television program during the school week. They always come home from school with tons of homework to do, and my wife and I don’t want them to waste their time watching junky sitcoms. For their one show, they chose ‘The Gilmore Girls.’ Reluctantly, I started watching it with them. I say reluctantly, because I’m a critical viewer, and my kids tend to get annoyed when I berate the shows they watch. I have to admit that ‘Gilmore’ is in a league of its own. The writing is sophisticated without being pedantic, and its humor never relies on trashy innuendo. The cast is superb, and the music is surprisingly eclectic and evocative. Plus, there’s that theme song by one of my all-time favorite artists, Carole King.

So there we were, one Tuesday evening, watching the ‘Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy’ episode. Lane gives Rory a list of classic ‘60s records to pick up from a store near Chilton. She concludes by saying, “Now if I could find a copy of ‘Whistler, Chaucer, Detroit and Greenhill,’ I will finally be done with the sixties.” Well, I was floored, because that was an album that I recorded with some friends in 1968! That record was so obscure, I think it was released straight to the K-Mart ‘cut-outs’ bins.

Oddly enough, ‘WCDG’ was named in The Mojo Collection as one of the 600 best albums of the pop era. The ‘band’ was five Texas teenagers, one of whom was the now-famous T-Bone Burnett. We all wrote the songs, and T-Bone produced the sessions. Even then, he was an imaginative producer, and we spent hundreds of hours decorating our tracks with plucked pianos, backwards guitar solos, accordions, sand blocks, you name it. When we had enough good songs, we called it an album and somehow got Uni Records to release it. These days, copies can be found on Internet sites that deal in ‘rare vinyl,’ which I think sounds much better than ‘flop records.’ One site, out of Madrid, describes the album as ‘fantastico folk rock con precioso toque psycho…muy inspirado.’ Right on. Another calls it ‘offbeat literary psych-pop.’ The thing sells for around $45.00. Go figure. Anyway, I’m grateful to Amy Sherman-Palladino for referencing our album in prime time and making me an (almost) cool dad for a few minutes. >>

Thanks,
David Bullock

Credit: GilmoreGirls.org and David Bullock


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