Willie Loco Alexander. Gin.

A legend. yes. no euphemism.

Have a look at his “CV”.

Willie started his career as founder of The Lost, one the best garage bands of the 60s. He then joined Doug Yule’s Velvet Underground (the band nobody wants to talk about) replacing a guy named Lou Reed. He has since written a dozen of albums as a solo artist, with his Boom Boom Band and The Confessions (his early 80’s band under contract with the French punk rock label New Rose Records). Honestly, it’s hard to keep track of all his projects throughout the decades.

The Music? A Garage Rock hero, with his piano/keyboards he has played Rock & Roll, Punk, New Wave and everything in between.

A talented lyricist as well, one who pays great attention to the sound of each word.

Gin, written for a then girlfriend, is not his most famous song (check out the timeless “Kerouac”) but its fresh new wave sound made it an instant classic.



Aleka’s Attic. scales and fishnails.

They say River wanted to be a musician. That he didn’t really care about his movie star status and his career in Hollywood. All he wanted was to write songs, jam with friends and perform live.

Aleka’s Attic, the band he put together with his sister Rain and some friends, was his attempt at starting a music career.

The band recorded and performed live dozen of songs but disbanded in 1992 after a record deal with Island Records fell through. Their album remains unreleased to these days.

River kept writing and performing live until his death in 1993 and recorded a song “Height Down” with John Frusciante (available on the “lost” album “Smile from the streets you hold”).

“Scales and Fishnails” is a short ballad (44 seconds), an acoustic lullaby sung by River and Rain. Sweet, charming and impossibly beautiful for a song so short I’d say.