Jump to Content

Welcome! You’re browsing the No Depression Archives

No Depression has been the foremost journalistic authority on roots music for well over a decade, publishing 75 issues from 1995 to 2008. No Depression ceased publishing magazines in 2008 and took to the web. We have made the contents of those issues accessible online via this extensive archive and also feature a robust community website with blogs, photos, videos, music, news, discussion and more.

Close This

Waxed - Record Review from Issue #32 March-April 2001

Various Artists

Our Favorite Texan: Bobby Fuller Four-ever! (#9)

While he’s not in the first-name-only front row of musicians who didn’t make it out of their 20s (that would be Hank, Buddy, Jim, Jimi, Gram, Bix, Janis, and Kurt), you can probably find Bobby Fuller in the second row just down from Eddie Cochran, Ian Curtis, and Nick Drake. The official cause of death was listed as asphyxiation caused by inhalation of gasoline when the body of the 23-year-old Fuller was found in his car, but a whiff of mystery remains some 35 years later because of the rather mysterious circumstances.

The musical attack of the Bobby Fuller Four, however, didn’t leave much room for doubt. It was the sound of pure energy presented raw, with handclap percussion and just a touch of Fuller’s West Texas roots poking through. This tribute, released on Japanese label #9 Records, showcases fifteen songs written or co-written by Fuller plus six other tunes that he put his stamp on, that latter group led by Buddy Holly’s “Love’s Made A Fool Of You” and, of course, Sonny Curtis’ “I Fought The Law”. (Trivia fans rejoice: Curtis also wrote “Love Is All Around”, better known as the theme song to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.)

At the top of the heap are “Fool Of Love” and “Only When I Dream”, covered by Charlie Chesterman & the Legendary Motorbikes and Walter Clevenger & the Dairy Kings, respectively, two outfits whose originals frequently echo the spirited bounce of Fuller and Holly. Marshall Crenshaw, who covered Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” on his 1989 release Good Evening, excels as a one-man band on “My True Love”; kindred spirit Bill Lloyd deftly handles “Let Her Dance” this time out. And then there’s the three-girl salute offered by Michael Shelley (the Chip Taylor-penned “Julie”), Richard Barone (“Nancy Jean”), and Fortune & Maltese and the Phabulous Pallbearers (“Pamela”). What’s not to love about that?

Enjoy the ND archives? Consider making a donation with PayPal or send a check to:
No Depression, 460 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108


Did you enjoy this article? Start a discussion about it, or find out what others are saying in the No Depression Community forum.

Join the Discussion »

Find out what's going on in roots music. Share concert photos and videos, learn about new artists, blog about the music you love.

Join the No Depression Community »

Originally Featured in Issue #32 March-April 2001

Buy our history before it’s gone!

Each issue is artfully designed and packed full of great photos that you don‘t get online. Visit the No Depression store to own a piece of history.

Visit the No Depression Store »

From the Blogs

  • Ray LaMontagne at the Woods at Fontanel (Nashville, Tenn. – July 25, 2014)
    Ray LaMontagne writes great songs and makes great records. And that's certainly no small feat. His live shows, though, while being technically and musically superlative, really don't leave the audience with a whole lot to hang on to other than the technique and the music. There's no personal engagement on LaMontagne's part. It's as i […]
  • Freight Train Boogie Show #264 features new music from Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes
    FTB Show #264 features the new album by Old Crow Medicine Show called Remedy.  Also new music from Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here's the direct link to … […]
  • Vancouver International Folk Festival Day Two (Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC - July 19th, 2014)
    While Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Festival focuses on main stage performances, the rest of the weekend on the sprawling festival grounds of Jericho Beach is as notable for its smaller workshop performances. This was especially true this year. This particular Saturday started with the official public announcement of Joan Baez's cancellation. Perha […]
  • Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)
    The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revol […]
  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]

Shop Amazon by clicking through this logo to support NoDepression.com. We get a percentage of every purchase you make!

Subscribe To the No Depression Newsletter

Subscribe to the No Depression Newsletter