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It’s Never Over

Jeff Buckley died ten years ago today. When I heard the news I was all alone in my wee flat in Bathurst, second year of university. I cried and cried and moped and moped, sitting on the couch with something sugary, probably a jar of Nutella!

For someone who only made one studio album in his lifetime, Jeff Buckley Inc. has been remarkably prolific over the past decade. And now for the anniversary there's yet a-bloody-nother one, So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley. Some sort of greatest hits thingy. Hmm. All I can say to his estate is, whatever happened to rest in peace?

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18 thoughts on “It’s Never Over

  1. It is just that emotional reaction Shauna that will keep Jeff being the hardest working corpse in showbiz.

    Not very nice, but true.

    Have you listened to his equally short lived father’s works?

    Tim Buckley, but i’m sure you either knew that or would have Googled it.

    All the best

    Pol x

  2. I wept too. “Pol x” is spot on…if so many of us hadn’t had that tear they may have let him rest…what kills me is that you listen to his songs now and think “didn’t we all know this was going to happen? He was telling us the whole time!” very sad…I still like his music, and wish he had been around to make more… imagine if he was still here how prolific he would be!

    His dad was great too; the whole family makes me sad though. So talented, and so tortured…

    I am not sure if I will get the new album, I only have grace a few songs I somehow picked up along the way…the rest seems like cheating…stuff he wasn’t ready to go big with…

  3. Dan got me into Buckley but I agree, leave him alone already and stop using his name for money. It’s kinda disgusting.

  4. I think if you are an aussie over the age of 30 you had a special thing for Jeff. I remember Helen from JJJ going mad for him. He just seemed to click with Australia – and for me it was another example of the good ones going before their time. He was one of the first people of my age to pass away, and it brought on lots of feelings of fleeting life.
    I have listened since to Tim, amazing range of voice and talent for lyrics, my boy serenaded me with the words to ‘song to the siren’ and I knew I had “a keeper”. But I dont get the whole argument about Jeff not eclipsing the talent or skill of his father. Both were amazing.
    I spent a enlightened hour last weekend listening to the J-files (and the lovely voice of Richard Kingsmill) on Jeff B. Its worth a listen if you are a fan. http://www.triplej.net.au/music_specials/s1928381.htm

  5. i’m under 30! well, by six months 😛

    thanks for the link dani, i will definitely give that a listen!

    lizz – heresy! 😛

  6. Ooh, er. I love his voice, LOVE it. I remember first hearing about him disappearing and then the annoucement of his death. So sad, doubly triply so because of how his immense talent was just starting to get mainstream recognition, and of course because of his dad’s death.

    I don’t know if it’s his mother that has the say-so in what material gets released but…I guess in an effort to be nice, I suppose she could be trying to keep him alive this way. Keep him remembered, make the world aware of all his music, basically take every bit of his material and make it known, kind of like a mother posting up fingerpaint pictures on the fridge, ya know?

    And – it’s not my personal preference but I think there are a lot of people who are die-hard “collector” collectors of music, who are into live recordings, EPs, variations, etc. Bjork recently released a collection of all her music…there ARE already existing compilations, but this was all digitally remastered material for 5.1 sound. For sound geeks, this matters. So, to explain the whole market for Jeff material? Dunno.

    That said, although I have “Sketches”, the Grace EPs, Mystery White Boy and Songs to No One, the one release of his I listen to most is Grace – the original album. There’s a reason why this was t he only material he had released – it’s the BEST, man.

  7. Yep, one of the greatest artists of our time despite only the one “real” album. I still remember exactly where I was when I heard he’d gone missing and when he died. Kind of my Kennedy or Diana moment (both of whom I don’t give a stuff about).

    Long live the music of JB, let us pray they NEVER make a movie of your life cause they’ll just f**k it up, especially if Brad Pitt is involved.

  8. I always think Jeff Buckley died of a heroin overdose…he sings as if he were the type of guy to die of a heroin overdose, like all tormented and brilliant. I think his dad actually died of a heroin overdose.

    Damn.

  9. I always think Jeff Buckley died of a heroin overdose…he sings as if he were the type of guy to die of a heroin overdose, like all tormented and brilliant. I think his dad actually died of a heroin overdose.

    Damn.

  10. At the time of Jeff’s demise I was managing a music store and sadly, my first thought was that I should order up big on his album as sales would go through the roof. And they did.

  11. I am also under 30 (born 1978) and I am in the US!!! But I was always an odd bird and knew/loved “obscure” music and have a hugely eclectic collection! Especially cool people enjoy Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Bjork, and Orbital…this list goes FOREVER 😉 I like the group that reads this blog, oh yeah and Shauna too 😉

  12. I am also under 30 (born 1978) and I am in the US!!! But I was always an odd bird and knew/loved “obscure” music and have a hugely eclectic collection! Especially cool people enjoy Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Bjork, and Orbital…this list goes FOREVER 😉 I like the group that reads this blog, oh yeah and Shauna too 😉

  13. don’t worry loretta baby! there seems to be something dodgy going on with the comments today. it makes it look like i’m really popular so i’ll not complain 😉

  14. Ohhhh. I was mopeful to the extreme as well. The 10-year thing makes me feel a bit antique. A few months ago I told an 18-year-old that I’d seen him play at the Palais in Melbourne, and she looked at me with big and impressed eyes (as she would have been about 8 years old at the time). Groan.

  15. The sad truth is that Jeff Buckley died tens of thousands of dollars in the hole to Sony Records, thanks to an accumulation of “recoupables” (production $$, tour support, etc.). Sony is trying to recoup the money they lost when he died. It’s craven and disgusting and I can’t even remember what I did with my promo copy of this latest release.

    And yes, I was mopetastic for weeks and weeks after he died. And when Sketches came out ( a year or so later?), I was verklempt all over again (and I’m a 34-year-old American).

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