Wicked City

There comes a time in every man's life when he has to stand up and be counted.

If that means showing your true colours as a lover of 80s Sunset Strip rock n roll, then so be it. Those of us who lived through it (and spent all their money on imported albums) don't call it 'hair metal' - that's a nasty buzzword invented by somebody who probably doesn't have hair anymore.

It was just rock - and It Was Everything.

Fast forward to present day and if you had told me you could make a crime show out of such a thing that didn't suck diesel all the way to the bank, I would have laughed in your face - and yet here I am loving every moment of Wicked City.

It started forever ago in the US (October) but over here, you can find it on SKY/NOWTV and it looks like this:

I'm only the pilot episode in so far, but it has a great soundtrack, 'fake' bands playing the Whiskey as a backdrop (two minutes in we have Mickey Ratt and a cameo by Stephen Pearcy - like I said, I would have laughed in your face...) and well, if you care about such things, you're already reaching for the remote to see what I'm talking about.

But... if you don't care for the hair, it's still a wonderful looking dirty crime show and that's not to be sniffed at. I should have written this show but I'm quite happy to sit back and watch the fruits of somebody else's labour.

Note: While it's not exactly True Detective or as authentic as Bosch (and if you haven't binged that, why are you still here?), it definitely good enough.


Talking of music, a decade or so later, Mark Lanegan turned up in Screaming Trees and is still making fine, fine albums today - this came out last week (I think) and in case it slipped under the radar, you should hunt it down and feel very pleased with yourself. Well, that's how I felt.


Meanwhile, a lack of posting here over the last few weeks is the fault of being busy and not watching TV as it may appear from the above. Things in pipelines, writing, writing, writing - with guitars as well as a pen - have kept me occupied in the best way possible.

More later in the week...

Be kind to each other.

Sion Smith