Inquiring Minds

Uncovering Peter Case: The Rocks Off Interview

"I was always sort of not interested in what my generation was doing," Peter Case told Rocks Off 10 years ago after flipping through Louvin Bros. compact discs at a now-defunct bookstore in Sugar Land, surrounded by car dealerships, business parks and seamless lawns. As bass player for proto-punks The Nerves ("Hangin' On the Telephone") and singer/guitarist of the Plimsouls ("A Million Miles Away") during the 1970s and '80s, he embodied hook-filled, intelligent power-pop.

Subsequently, Case's solo career earnestly took off in 1986, and has spawned an unmatched catalog of rootsy singer-songwriter material much coveted by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robert Earl Keen.

Currently, his new effort The Case Files represents some under-the-radar live tunes, demo tracks and other rare material.