"The Company Man" is the lead off track from the album Dereconstructed by Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires. It's both a historical song and a personal family history song. It tells the story of people who tried to preserve the oldguard segregationist government restrictions against the civil rights movement of the 60's. It tells the story of how they could sit in the church pews on Sunday and then "Monday morning, beating prophets black and blue." Lee's grandmother lived in Burmingham during the worst of the conflicts and passed down stories about that time in a way that inspired Lee to turn it into a Glory Fires song. I like the fact that, at least in the deep south, we still live in a world where Important Lessons can be passed down across three generations through personal stories of people seeing stuff with their own eyes and doing things with their own hands. Plus, you know, it's a damn good rock & roll song.
This video was produced by Zach Wolfe for a story in The Bitter Southerner. I'd never heard of this site until I stumbled across this Lee Bains video, but it's quickly earned a place in my bookmark bar.
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Lee Bains is the featured guest on episode 202.
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, from the official bio:
What awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that’s what.
Consider the record’s opener, “The Company Man.” It revs up with a riff sleazy enough to clog Rod Stewart’s stomach pump as an incantation that only a Yellowhammer can truly understand is bellowed and then screamed. Before you know it, the joint is hotter than a Birmingham soaking pit while you, the listener, are reminded, lest you forget, don’t ever trust the company man.
Dereconstructed is a careening, road raging, all night party of a record. Informed by a distinctly southern hoodoo, it is a master class in authentic Gulf Coast choogle. Having cut his teeth in the Dexateens, Lee Bains lll has been properly schooled in how to throw down, so much so that even his hyper literate musings are no match for the blown out distortion that gives this record its blistering urgency.