This is the first in a series of features entitled "Old Music Friday." Why? Because most new music stinks!
Over 20 years ago, a virtually unknown singer / songwriter named Johnny Polonsky released his debut album "Hi My Name Is Johnny" on American Recordings. This masterpiece included 10 tracks, each of which could easily stand alone as a single. The album showcased Polonsky's ability to craft the perfect Pop Rock song.
Immediately after the record's release, Polonsky and his band toured as the main support act for Frank Black on his "Teenager Of the Year" tour. He was also featured on the 1996 Lollapalooza summer tour on the 2nd stage.
According to his bio, Polonsky was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Wilmette, Illinois. He began writing, recording and self-releasing homemade cassettes as a teenager, under the name The Amazing Jonny Polonsky. Using the 411 public phone records, Polonsky was able to reach and befriend musical heroes of his such as guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Zander Schloss (Joe Strummer, Circle Jerks), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine), and Pixies singer Frank Black/Black Francis.
Polosky would go on to release 7 albums with his fifth full length record, Fresh Flesh released in January 2018. It was recorded with his live band in two days at Rick Rubin's studio, Shangri La Studios, in Malibu CA. It features guest performances by vocalist Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age), and drummer Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus (band), Love and Rockets (band), and Tones on Tail.