In 1982, Marshall Crenshaw’s self-titled debut found him lamenting a failing relationship on “Someday, Someway,” looking for a “Cynical Girl” and “Rockin’ Around in N.Y.C.”
The album was a hot seller.
“It didn’t surprise me when people liked it. I thought, ‘Yeah, of course, they should like it,,” he said and laughed. “I was joking with my wife the other day. When something good happens to me, I figure it’s supposed to happen.”
The singer-songwriter-guitarist talked about the career landmark during a call from his home in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
“It’s been 30 years since I made my first record. It’s hard to believe. When I was young, I could never imagine what 30 years down the road would look like,” he said. “But it does seem like I’ve been doing it for 30 years at least, feels like it’s been a long time.”
Crenshaw recently announced he would stop releasing CDs.
“I did a CD in June 2009, it was called ‘Jaggedland.’ I think it’s my best record ever. It took just a huge, huge amount of time for me to get it to where I wanted it to be,” he said. “It was just super-draining, you know, and I just thought it’s really hard for me to see down the road where I could keep doing it this way; I just don’t have that much time left, and it’s crazy for such a long gap between records.
“So that was my first thought: What if I did something brand-new every few months. And the other thing: I just really love vinyl records; I’m glad that people still buy them; I still buy them, so that’s the idea.”
The Detroit native plans to make his new music available as downloads through the usual channels.
Crenshaw will play with Freedy Johnston May 6 at Headliners. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the night of the show.
“It’s going to be great for me to get back to playing solo; I love the simplicity of it,” Crenshaw said. “And I also like the sound of it; it’s quieter than a band. I don’t get my brains beat in with amplifiers, cymbals and drums — that’s much-appreciated at my age.”
The 57-year-old is still cranking out songs. He co-wrote The Gin Blossoms’ “Til I Hear It From You,” wrote the title track for the movie “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and penned some instrumentals for “Sex and the City” and a PBS documentary on Yogi Berra.
Crenshaw also is working on a Detroit show for United Sounds of America, a six-night festival featuring different cities that will take place in Chicago in June.
It’s obvious that Crenshaw still believes in music.
“Music is a really powerful force. You can see that as you look at human activity and human behavior over all of history. It’s just not to be trifled with; you’ve got to treat it with respect.”