I Scare Myself: Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks

The singer, songwriter and bandleader who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.

It seems we lose one of our musical icons every day.

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5 Comments on “I Scare Myself: Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks”

  1. lilydark Says:

    This was one of my favorites. Yes, I’m scared how many musical icons we seem to lose every day.
    Thanks for posting this.

    • kat Says:

      Lori,
      It as a bit self serving as I really like it too. M grind said it is n wonder we are losing them as we are getting closer to 70 as well.
      Scary!!

  2. J Says:

    Hi Kat
    Thanks for posting this one today.
    Blair Jackson offers some great background info about this song at the ‘mixonline’ website:
    http://www.mixonline.com/news/classic-tracks/classic-tracks-i-scare-myself-dan-hicks-his-hot-licks/367596

    But you should also treat yourself to the youTube video of “Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks: I Scare Myself (Live @ San Francisco’s Warfield Theater December 9, 2001)”, a 60th birthday celebration of Hicks and his music, with a lifetime of musical friends onstage with him.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZXzifzsDHg

    The three violinists are featured in order of performance are: Brian Godchaux,his then-regular violinist; David (It’s A Beautiful Day) La Flamme (he originated the violin solo in the song); and finally the one and only gum-chewin’ “Symphony” Sid Page].
    The whole performance is great.

    I’m so glad this guy was recorded, cuz nobody would believe it if we simply had to say “Once upon a time there was this guy, Dan Hicks…you shoulda seen him, heard him…”

    • katry Says:

      J,
      This was the first Dan Hicks song I ever heard, and I thought it was pure magic with all the different sounds from the various instruments, and this unique voice singing short lyrical lines which I could feel as he sang them.

      The violins lifted the song even higher and all those voices backing up Dan were amazing.

      How could I not post this song in honor of Dan?

      Great article! Thanks!!


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