Elliot Murphy: You'll Never Know What You're In For
By the time Elliot Murphy's third album had come out, most of the critics who gushed about his becoming "the new Dylan" had moved on to fellow Tri-State artists Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith. They might have missed out on Smith's best album, Night Lights. Produced by Steve Katz (Lou Reed) , Murphy recorded with a band made up of former Velvet Underground guitarist Doug Yule, and two former members of the Modern Lovers : bassist Ernie Brooks and future Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison. Billy Joel plays piano on "Deco Dance".
The effect was to update Murphy's sound.
As for Patti Smith, Murphy doesn't sound like a fan. His song "Lady Stiletto" may be one of the biggest disses in rock history
"Her T-shirt's ripped with a passion/
Her mind's been raped by the Rolling Stones/
She keeps her weight down by fasting/
on Jim Morrison's bones"
Elliott and Bruce in 2005: