Published Jan 01, 2006The Von Bondies endured a major media fracas in December when singer/guitarist Jason Stollsteimer was involved in a tussle with another notably two-toned Detroit musician. But even CNN's coverage of the incident couldn't overpower the uproariously euphonic single, "C'mon C'mon," from their second album, Pawn Shoppe Heart.
The song captures the significant development the four-piece has made since they began in 2000, yet it wasn't originally in the cards. "That song was actually the last one written in the studio," confesses Stollsteimer. "I had one more night left to record and everyone went home. I wrote the whole song there, last minute, just fooling around. I took it home and wrote all of the lyrics that night and then the next day we recorded it."
Anyone familiar with the sexy and raw blues-filled rock of the Von Bondies will view the 133-second anthem as a revelation in the band's legacy so far. Filled with some lyrics that could now be viewed as ironic, as well as the baiting title/chorus, the song is unabashed, but it's the stiff dose of pop hooks that incite the track. Stollsteimer has a light-hearted perspective on his newfound knack for penning hit singles, saying "It's hilarious, because when I first played it, I was embarrassed. I've never thought of myself like that. I write songs like that all the time, but I throw them to the side like, Oh, they're not Von Bondies.'"
As an effective lead single, "C'mon C'mon" removes the band from the pack of derivative garage rockers that blew up in the public eye two years ago. Like a true visionary, Stollsteimer feels the progression the band has made with such a song is both important and hard to grasp. "It's kind of weird watching yourself grow and change. I gotta laugh at it. Now I'm not afraid to play something that isn't two chords."