The Land That Time Forgot is the latest from rock ‘n’ roll lifer Chuck Prophet, out August 21 via Yep Roc. Will it be “essential new music” like its predecessor, 2017’s Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins? If album track “Nixonland” is any indication, there’s no doubt about that. The California native and longtime San Franciscan couldn’t afford the always-rising cost of living in his hometown, so he relocated to upstate New York and recorded The Land That Time Forgot. But have no fear: Prophet still has the Golden State on his mind, especially on “Nixonland.”
“My family did used to go to San Clemente on vacation,” says Prophet. “Camping there under the stars. Hunting for grunion at night under a full moon. Grunion hunting is a trip and a half. Running along the shore at midnight under a full moon with a bucket. You can see the waves glitter and sparkle with these silvery little fish as they wash up on the sand. I remember a Secret Service guy stopped us as we were running along the shore. I looked up and could see it, high on a cliff: Nixon’s ‘Western White House.’ I also remember a field trip in fourth grade to a place in La Habra, Calif., that had a plaque that read something like, ‘This was once the site of Richard Nixon’s first law office.’ Yes, yes, your tax dollars hard at work. He was everywhere! I actually looked that up. Googled it. Afraid that I may have dreamed that up. It’s true. It happened. The building is now gone, but they took some bricks from it, and the plaque is still there. Here’s proof.“
Guess we do still have Nixon to kick around. We’re proud to premiere the Nathan Golub-animated/directed video for “Nixonland” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out right here, right now.