Flagpole Premieres: Jack’s Johnson, ‘Cropduster’

As the solo project of Athens musician Jack O’Reilly (Wieuca, Blanko), Jack’s Johnson is more or less whatever O’Reilly wants it to be at the moment. Today, we’re tickled pink to premiere a new Jack’s Johnson tune—the enjoyable, incorrigible “Cropduster.”

The tune is the first in a planned series of monthly singles from new local label Goe Bidem Records, which comes armed with an elaborate backstory involving America’s outgoing vice president—or some fictional version of him, anyway: 

In his final weeks in office, Vice President Bidem often reflected on his legacy as a politician and music lover. Goe had seen the highs and lows of the record biz. In the 1960s, he and three of his best blokes from Liverpool were worldwide sensations, recording as The Beatles. In the ’90s, Goe and his boys shook up the establishment as N.W.A. But in leaving office after eight years, Goe could hardly believe the state of the record business. Streaming services had drastically cut into album sales, leaving artists with little to show for their work. Peeved, he decided to start a record label of his own: Goe Bidem Records.

About “Cropduster,” O’Reilly says, “We really emptied the tank with this one. It’s a breath of fresh air… If flatulence isn’t relatable, I don’t know what is.”

So, ah. Here you go:


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