Lena Dunham: 'We can't have our generation's Patti Smith moving to Tampa'
Hey, look at this! Finally, a reason for all of us who don't get HBO to care about the show Girls!
Via Richard Danielson comes news that Girls creator and star Lena Dunham dissed Tampa during a political speech this week, saying recent college graduates are "struggling to find jobs and pay the rent and if they struggle for too long, they're leaving New York" for greener pastures, "even Tampa."
"We can't have our generation's Patti Smith moving to Tampa. That's going to seriously f--- our s--- up."
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has already weighed in, inviting both Patti Smith and Lena Dunham to Tampa "anytime they want to come."
To that, we'd just like to add: Patti Smith HAS come to Tampa before, and the results were pretty memorable.
Back in 1977, the fiery punk-poet was opening for Bob Seger at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Hall when she took a tumble off the stage, cracking two neck vertebrae and forcing her to stop performing for months. During her recovery, she recorded Because The Night, a song written by Bruce Springsteen and later covered by 10,000 Maniacs. It has proven to be Smith's most enduring hit; this year, Garbage and Screaming Females covered the song for a Record Store Day 10-inch. Your humble Soundcheck editor bought a copy at Daddy Kool Records.
So hey, if Lena's generation's Patti Smith ends up moving to Tampa, we'd be all for that -- especially if it results in more songs like Because The Night.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*