Over the last 30 years, Sam Phillips has had one of the more unusual and varied careers in what can broadly be called pop music. Her first success came in the early ’80s via contemporary Christian music, under the name Leslie Phillips; she was, regrettably, marketed as “the Christian Cyndi Lauper.” Flash forward to 2013, and the alternative Lauper-less sounding artist is self-issuing Push Any Button, her first physical release of new material in seven years. It’s not a radical change in style, but it’s livelier and more fun than anything she’s done since her Virgin era. Many of the 10 songs contain hints of that intersection of rockabilly and country that the other Sam Phillips made his name with, and some include almost countrypolitan string arrangements. Phillips will be guest editing on magnetmagazine.com all this week. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that her prose and reflections are just as interesting and evocative as her songwriting. Read our bran new feature on her.
Phillips: Growing up in Los Angeles, I have had a lot of great Mexican food, but this small place in Santa Barbara is the best I have ever had. It’s just a plain-looking place, but it is wonderful. I could drop some well-known names of people I have been there with and seen there, but that is not the point of this place. They don’t serve chips, but they hand make the tortillas as you watch. Mexican food and the beach go together in my mind, and La Super-Rica is not far from some lovely beaches. It is worth planning a vacation around.
Video after the jump.