Peter Case

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Magic Touch at The Golden Bear


From the album “Beach Town Confidential”  recorded live in 1983, [released a couple years ago by alive/natural sound recordings]with the original line-up.  I wrote this song with Eddie, and we had high hopes for it as the follow-up single to A Million Miles Away, but a KROQ rep told me: “Too primitive!”   Which I thought was a selling point.  Oh well…maybe somebody didn’t make their payments, is the impression you get from reading the book “Hitmen” about the era, and Geffen in particular. That’s rock ‘n’ roll for you, like they say, its a vicious game. But this song was pure fun. Peter Zaremba said it was an update of the Buddy Holly and the Crickets sound…maybe so.


One original feature of this was Louie beating the drums and playing maracas at the same time, I’ve seen people do it since, but never before…who knows?



This song and the album are available at iTunes and Apple Music:

For the vinyl or CD:




In the picture below, for some reason I’m checking my pulse!  Racing for some reason, hmmm?  1983…yikes!


  1. “Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business”
    by Fredric Dannen

    Plenty of used copies on Amazon for six bucks (including shipping).

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