Nakedly Examined Music #193: Peter Case’s Songs About Now

Initially compared as a rock singer with John Lennon in the late ’70s and early ’80s with The Nerves and The Plimsouls, his subsequent sixteen solo albums beginning in 1986 have embraced blues, solo acoustic guitar, and on his new album, highly percussive piano (on his new album).

We discuss “Have You Ever Been in Trouble?” from Dr. Moan (2023), “Every 24 Hours” feat. Richard Thompson from Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007), “When You Find Out” by the Nerves from their self-titled EP (1976). End song: “Anything” from Torn Again (1995). For more, see

Watch the video for “A Million Miles Away.” Here’s one for “Have You Ever Been in Trouble?” His most promoted solo song during his early major label days was “Put Down the Gun.” Listen to the later electric version of “Anything.”

Watch Peter in 1992 on Letterman, and here’s a whole recent live set. Watch a live, partially reformed version of The Nerves playing one of their best known songs (not by Peter), “Hanging on the Telephone” (which Blondie successfully covered).

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