"You never know unless you ask," they say. Want proof? Talk to
singer and songwriter Mark Goodman. The unknown musician asked Maureen "Moe"
Tucker, former member of the Velvet Underground, to beat the skins on his new
album--in spite of the fact that Tucker had not played drums in the studio
(even on her own records) for two decades. But lo and behold, she said
yes when Goodman popped the question. Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 6), under the band
name Magnet, the pair are releasing a record of jangly rock and roll called
Don't Be A Penguin (PC Music), and they've hit the road on a series of
mini tours. And all Goodman had to do was ask.
Well, it actually took a
little more than that--but not much, to hear Tucker tell it. Just a few
postcards really, a letter now and then.
The fiftysomething drummer told
ATN that Goodman "had written to me a few years ago. He sent me a tape with a
band he had. We just wrote postcards and Christmas cards and stuff. He'd send
me a tape now and then over the years.
"And then about a year ago I guess,
he posed the question as to if I would be interested in playing the drums on
his next effort. So we got together from there. I hadn't met him until I went
to New York to record, but we'd been postal friends, and [we] did this
Goodman explained that, when he first contacted Tucker...
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