David Allan Coe
David Allan Coe: August 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th
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Born September 6th, 1939 in Akron, Ohio, USA. From the age of nine,
Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centers and prisons.
According to his publicity handout, he spent time on Death Row after
killing a fellow inmate who demanded oral sex. When Rolling Stone
magazine questioned this, Coe responded with a song, ‘I’d Like To Kick
The Shit Out Of You’. Whatever the truth of the matter, Coe was paroled
in 1967 and took his songs about prison life to Shelby Singleton who
released two albums on his SSS label. Coe wrote Tanya Tucker’s 1974 US
country number 1, ‘Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)?’. He
took to calling himself Davey Coe – the Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy,
performing in a mask, and driving a hearse. He satirized the themes of
country music with hilarious additions to Steve Goodman’s ‘You Never
Even Called Me By My Name’, but has often used the clichés himself. His
defiant stance and love of motorbikes, multiple tattoos and ultra-long
hair made him a natural ‘Nashville outlaw’, which he wrote about in the
self-glorifying ‘Longhaired Redneck’ and ‘Willie, Waylon And Me’.
In 1978 Johnny Paycheck had a US country number 1 with Coe’s ‘Take
This Job And Shove It’, which inspired a film of the same title in 1981,
and Coe’s own successes included the witty ‘Divers Do It Deeper’
(1978), ‘Jack Daniels If You Please’ (1979), ‘Now I Lay Me Down To
Cheat’ (1982), ‘The Ride’ (1983), which conjures up a meeting between
Coe and Hank Williams, and ‘Mona Lisa’s Lost Her Smile’ (1984), which
reached number 2 on the US country charts, his highest position as a
performer. Recordings with other performers include ‘Don’t Cry Darlin”
and ‘This Bottle (In My Hand)’ with George Jones, ‘I’ve Already Cheated
On You’ with Willie Nelson, and ‘Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands’ with
Coe’s 1978 album Human Emotions was about his divorce – one side
being ‘Happy Side’ and the other ‘Su-I-side’. The controversial cover of
Texas Moon shows the bare backsides of his band and crew, and he has
also released two mail-order albums of explicit songs, Nothing Sacred
Coe appears incapable of separating the good from the ridiculous and
his albums are erratic. At his best, he is a sensitive, intelligent
writer. Similarly, his stage performances with his Tennessee Hat Band
differ wildly in length and quality: sometimes it is non-stop music,
sometimes it features conjuring tricks. Coe’s main trick, however, is to
remain successful, as country music fans grow exasperated with his
over-the-top publicity. He may still be an outlaw but as Waylon Jennings
remarks in ‘Living Legends’, that only means double-parking on Music
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