NEM#90: Sam Phillips Brings Intuition Out of Dreams

Sam PhillipsSam has released sixteen albums of catchy, textured pop music since 1983 (the first few as “Leslie Phillips”).

We discuss “I Want to Be You” and “Tears in the Ground” from World on Sticks (2018), “How to Dream” from Fan Dance (2001), and conclude by listening to “When I’m Alone” from Push Any Button (2013). Intro: “Baby I Can’t Please You” from Martinis & Bikinis (1994). For more, visit

She’s released two videos for particularly political songs from the new album, “How Much Is Enough and “American Landfill Kings.” Here’s that early song I mention as being particularly catchy, “I Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye to You.” Here’s the full track of “Baby I Can’t Please You.”

Here she is live in 1994 with her then-husband, producer T-Bone Burnett, plus Mark Ribot that she mentions on the interview and Jerry Scheff (Elvis Presley’s bassist!), and here she is more recently with violinist Eric Gorfain doing a live “tiny desk concert” for NPR. Here she is way back in 1985 (yes, she wrote this song too).

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