Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Change Is Good

Over the years, I've addressed this issue in various ways, from here on the bookofkills.com website to the book I wrote a few years ago, THE BALLAD OF JIM SHELLEY, but every once in a while someone emails me and asks why I do so many different styles of music or if I have another record "like" this album or that one. My answer is always consistent and fairly simple. I am a child of the '60s and that was a time when every kind of musical artist from Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Johnny Cash to The Beatles to The Grateful Dead to the Supremes to The Byrds to Stevie Wonder to The Shangri-Las to Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin, etc etc etc, cohabited the airwaves together. Check any Billboard Top 100 singles chart from 1963 (the year "The Sixties" were born) to 1973 (the year "The Sixties" died) and you'll find an amazing variety of musical styles happily co-existing with one another. The Sixties and early Seventies were a time of profound cultural transformation that affected politics, race, sex, technology, art, and just about anything else you can think of, and this spirit of change infected the musicians of the time and spawned a previously unimagined amount of musical diversity. So, I came along at the perfect moment in history to be able to enjoy that uniquely diverse time. Repeating one style of music again and again is deadly boring to me. That's why, for instance, I recorded the punk/hard rock/industrial-inflected DON'T STOP THE SCREAM in April of 1992 and the country/folk/psychedelic/rock and roll-inflected THE HAUNTED LIFE in September of the same year. I love just about every style of music. And all of those styles I absorbed as a child starting in the early to mid Sixties naturally show up in my own music in some form or another whenever I write a new song.