Normal History Vol. 414: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Back then (in my teens), I was crazy about rock, alcohol, boys, In Concert, The Midnight Special, and I may have been what my mother called “over-sexed”—who knows? I was interested in skinny musicians with incredible hair and all their carry-on about women. I wasn’t really thinking about the exact meaning of their lyrics. It was the intensity of their proclamations and accusations—the pain of love and the lust pouring out of them whilst they were wearing rather girly garb. I suppose I learned about who I might become through their reaction and response to invisible girls whose whereabouts and proclivities I didn’t know much about. One thing was for sure: The girls they sang about elicited powerful reactions in these guys. And, for all I knew, all those girls had their own bands with better lyrics and louder guitars that I simply hadn’t heard yet.

Like, what did Jackie Blue‘s band sound like? And what was the name of Angie‘s band anyway?

“Blue TV” from the album Calico Kills The Cat (K, 1989) (download):