Egads! Ron Kane Now Has A Tribute Album In His Memory

Bob Gaulke Productions | DL | 2018

Various Artists: The Record Man – A Tribute To Ron Kane  US DL/CD  [2018]

  1. Tony Backhouse, Pieter Bon, Fane Flaws, Peter Dasent, & Paul Scott: The Record Man
  2. Suely Mesquita & Marcos Kuzka Cunha: Greatest Cheeseburger
  3. Paul Scott: Unpopular Music
  4. Henk Hofstede, Tom America, & Marco Raaphorst: White Car, Blue Ocean
  5. Yamée Couture, Petite Celine: Francophonies
  6. Hans Croon: Human Heart (How can the human heart occur in the universe?)
  7. Bob Gaulke: Better
  8. Pieter Bon, Marco Raaphorst: Wat Betekent Het?
  9. Fay Lovsky: I’m Running
  10. Andrew McLennan, Peri Mason: Today’s List
  11. Fane Flaws: Ron Kane
  12. Mark Moerman, Ace Farren Ford: Manatees from Other Galaxies

After my friend Ron died last November, there was the inevitable follow-up among his friends. With no funeral, talk pointed to a get together among his many music pals which will be called Ron-Kon II, after the original Ron-Kon, held on his 50th birthday, in 2008. I little while ago it was set for the weekend of July 28th in Los Angeles. I will be attending with my friends chasinvictoria and Mr. Ware, the guy who introduced me to Ron. There will be a record store crawl and no doubt some pub action that teetotaler me won’t fully participate in.

I had also heard from chasinvictoria that there would be a Ron Kane Tribute album coming, but exactly how this would manifest was a mystery to me. Would it be musician friends interpreting songs from the Ron Kane cannon [he was the lynchpin of L.A. experimentalists The Decayes], or would it be musical tributes to the man? As of yesterday, now we know. This morning I saw a message from chasinvictoria describing the album, which is now for sale digitally, with a CD hard copy to follow around the time of Ron-Kon II, according to chasinvictoria.

How strange this is to have musicians, many of whom are known to me simply because I knew Ron Kane, having produced a tribute album to my dead friend. It’s a little surreal from where I’m sitting! When I heard of this I wondered if people I’m a huge fan of like Henk Hofstede of The Nits would be involved and he certainly is. I figured it would be a given that members of MAM like Pieter Bon and Tom America would get involved since they even had Ron perform a track on one of their albums. Pieter and his partner came over to the first Ron-Kon and performed music for the assembled masses during the big party. This fervent American fan of sub-underground Netherlander pop music apparently got noticed. Actually, he tended to travel abroad and seek these musicians out!

Fane Flaws [L] and Fay Lovsky [R]

But the artists I’m familiar with don’t stop there. Since I knew Ron, how could I not know of artists like Fane Flaws [New Zealand polymath] or Fay Lovsky [Netherlands]? Heck, I own Lovsky records solely due to Ron importing them to The States! So this album certainly has my name on it. It’s in iTunes now and Bandcamp for the DL but I will be waiting for the CD. After all… what would Ron have said about buying a download?

The single from “The Record Man” by Hans Croon

But the story doesn’t end with this Bandcamp player. There is more on the web about this project as Ron had a wide orbit in this musical world. MAM guitarist Marco Raaphorst played on the album and has written an article about it here. There has been a single released from “The Record Man” with “Human Heart” by Hans Croon, who has written a fascinating blog on how he came to this project, here. And finally, there is a podcast about this album…but you will need to be fluent in Dutch to understand it. Which is probably exactly how Ron would have wanted it. It hurts me that Ron could not live to see this fascinating work his friends have done in his memory, but that’s part of the territory of tribute albums, I suppose. As an arch record collector [I’m just a wet-nosed punk, by comparison], I can say that he certainly would have been eating this up with a spoon were he among the living right now.

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7 Responses to Egads! Ron Kane Now Has A Tribute Album In His Memory

  1. Indeed, I’m hard-pressed to think of a better tribute to Ron than some of these efforts, which originally began as a “get well” effort to cheer Ron up during what turned out to be his final days, and I deeply regret that he never got to hear the finished project. The diversity of the recordings and the stellar lineup of international talents speaks volumes about the reach and influence Ron had on those who knew him. He lives on in this record, in the Decayes’ output, and in the record collections of people like you, me, Brian, and the people found on this album — not to mention his own enormous collection, which is slowly being dispersed (largely to people who knew him) at Rockaway Records in LA. I think this is largely what he would have wanted, particularly a second Ron-Kon.

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  2. Big Mark says:

    It was my great honor to channel my “inner Ron” on my contribution on the closing track. This collection of music does his memory proud.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Big Mark – I think the essence of Ron is probably within the track “Today’s List!” Ron is credited with the lyrics and I am guessing that it’s simply one of his many lists of purchases set to music.

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  5. Hans Croon says:

    Very nice to see so many friends sharing their thoughts about this remarkable man. Bob is coming to the Netherlands end of August and we will be performing some of these songs, maybe in a totally different way, amongst others in Paradiso Amsterdam on August 27. And the story runs… http://runthestory.com

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Hans Croon – Welcome to the comments! I’ve been blogging for eight years now and I have to say that I came to this courtesy of Ron, surprisingly. Ron had been blogging for many years prior to me and one day, when posting a comment on his blog during my lunch hour [my comments were sometimes longer than the post I was commenting on] it occurred to me that maybe I could have a blog if I simply did the writing during the free time in my daily lunch hour? I could not see taking up the time at home when there were many more important tasks to do, or at the least, vinyl records to meticulously turn into CDs; my preferred use of my scant free time.

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