VIDEO: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians on Jimmy Fallon

Oak Cliff’s own Edie Brickell performed a new song with New Bohemians on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.

The song, “Stubborn Love,” is off of their new album, Hunter and the Dog Star.

The first stanza of the song goes:

Late at night at the bowling alley
Motown and cold beer
She was keeping score with a pencil behind her ear
She knew there was something not
Quite right, but she could not resist him
Took him home and held on tight
Hugged and kissed him

That made us wonder if the song could be about her parents, since Brickell’s dad, Eddie Brickell, was a professional bowler who played for the Dallas Broncos at the Bronco Bowl.

But it’s not. Here’s how she described the song in an interview with Relix:

Kyle [Crusham] and I got to the studio before anybody else that day. Kyle was sitting there playing the piano and I said, “What is that? Send me the chord progression.” The way that I hear music is that I see images — I see stories and people. When I heard that, I pictured this young couple at a bowling alley. I thought, “Well, I’m just going to tell this story about what I know to be the truth for a lot of young women.” That story, to me, is not just one couple’s story—it represents so many people that I know.

This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the New Bo’s first record, which was actually a cassette tape, It’s Like This, in 1986.

Here’s how guitarist Kenny Withrow described that album recently in the Basement Tapes Facebook group.

The phrase “it’s like this” was taken from a song called Metropolitan Rap. It’s a funky tune where Brandon [Aly] had a little chorus rap he would do, and then Edie would make up a different story every time. Every story started off with “It’s like this … It’s like that,” years before Snoop and Dr. Dre … lol.

Watch the Tonight Show performance below.

Rachel Stone

RACHEL STONE is Oak Cliff editor. Email rstone@advocatemag.com

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