If you’re an American of a certain age you remember MTV playing the hell out of “Working Girl” by The Members. Aussie readers hear that band name and think of the song “Radio,” and anybody who has ever purchased a punk compilation knows “The Sound of the Suburbs,” one of the most infectious cuts from the seventies UK punk explosion. There was a moment there in the late seventies and early eighties were The Members were poised to take over the world.
Members songwriter and guitarist JC Carroll was there for all of it and he still is, fronting a current Members line-up that is still touring and recording. But his output isn’t limited to new Members material. The joy he finds in making and sharing his music is contagious — be it his mandolin-soaked cover of Bowie’s “Where Are We Now” or the spot on (and funny as hell) parody of his alter ego, jPad.
I asked Jesse Budd, Flipron vocalist and friend of both Why It Matters and JC, for a few words on the man: