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The John Corbett Band plays Brick by Brick on Saturday, July 18.

I really didn’t think I would be impressed with John Corbett, musician. As an actor, I think he is appealing. He has a funky/smart vibe that I find attractive. [He’s] handsome without being a narcissist. Corbett first popped up on my radar in the ‘90s with his portrayal of “Chris,” the deejay on Northern Exposure. For those of you too young to remember, it was the first really “quirky” show on TV. Chris the deejay was a young, hot, Zen philosopher...a not-so-bad guy gone good. Quite delicious.

Corbett went on to do some solid workman-like acting in films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Sex and the City, where Sarah Jessica Parker inexplicably throws over his handsome, steady-as-a-rock furniture-maker [character] for Mr. Big, the philandering creep who will not commit. I have never forgiven her for that.

Corbett the actor seems to specialize in “amiable,” with sides of sweet, sly, and sexy. Qualities I find more and more essential as I age. Another thing I have to confess: It makes my heart go pitter-pat that he is dating an older woman. Granted, it’s Bo Derek, who at 52 remains at least a “9,” but bless his heart on general principle.

So I find out Corbett is a musician. Here’s what I expected: earnest folk-rock with “car-bar-star” caliber writing. Sincere, but not terribly creative. Turns out he is a bit of a dirty cowboy, and a talented one at that. I went tooling through some of the tunes on Amazon and found a much more impressive batch of songs than I was expecting. “Bottle of Whiskey” and “Simple Man,” in particular, were just flat-out good. I would put them up against anything on New Country 95.7 today. There are not that many people who can nimbly jump from acting to music. (Joaquin Phoenix comes to mind as a spectacular FAIL.) Corbett does it with ease, I am happy to report.

DJ: LaDona Harvey

STATION: KOGO AM 600

SHIFT: Monday–Friday, 5:00–9:00 a.m.

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pinkshoes July 15, 2009 @ 12:48 p.m.

Surely you don't remember the "quirky" police show "Barney Miller". "Twin Peaks" also comes to mind. Maybe you're too young.

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dragon77lady July 17, 2009 @ 1 p.m.

Well I won't touch Barney Miller, but in fairness, both Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure hit the airwaves in 1990

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magicsfive July 17, 2009 @ 1:23 p.m.

i totally remember barney miller lol...omg... :/

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pinkshoes July 18, 2009 @ 3:50 p.m.

Here's another one for you; Night Court. Point being there are too few "journalists" who do their homework.

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Josh Board July 19, 2009 @ 12:58 a.m.

Well pink...when I was getting Ladona to comment on this artist, I thought the same thing (regarding Twin Peaks being "quirky"). I never watched Barney Miller. I was way too young when it came out, and that bass driven theme song just annoyed me to much to ever give it a chance.

But, I hardly think that qualifies as a "journalist" not doing their homework. It wasn't like she made some insane statement about sitcoms, that turned out to not be true. In her opinion, it was the first "quirky" show. That's believable. I mean...isn't what one considers "quirky" what another might not?

Someone might consider "A Clockwork Orange" the first "quirky" movie, yet someone else might consider a movie like Dr. Strangelove, which came out 10 years earlier, as "quirky."

But a DJ that's asked to answer these YO DJ pieces, and they give a nice tongue-and-cheek response, I think this certainly qualifies as one of the better write-ups we've had.

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rickeysays July 19, 2009 @ 4:13 a.m.

So is he playing in SD any time soon?

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Josh Board July 19, 2009 @ 7:06 p.m.

The top of the column shows when he played in town. It was Saturday. A shame you missed him, rickey. He looks like a hunk.

The less attractive, but more talented, Stan Ridgway was playing at Acoustic Music San Diego that same night.

And, I believe, the American Idol tour was at the biggest venue in town that day.

Geez, such music selections we have in this town.

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pinkshoes July 22, 2009 @ 3:46 p.m.

Wow good for you Joshb! If LaDona had said that it was the first that she could recall-then okay. However when someone reports "For those of you too young to remember, it was the first really “quirky” show on TV." I would believe that they think that this was, in fact, the first quirky show that there ever was. Without a doubt.

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