Syd Straw

Syd Straw

Syd Straw is an American rock singer and songwriter. The daughter of actor Jack Straw ("The Pajama Game"), she began her career singing backup for Pat Benatar, then took her distinct voice to the indie/alternative scene and joined the Golden Palominos (also including Michael Stipe, Matthew Sweet, and Anton Fier). She released her first album, "Surprise", in 1989; it featured contributions by Stipe, Fier, Richard Thompson, Peter Blegvad, and a number of other well-known musicians. A second album, "War and Peace," appeared in 1996. Recorded with a relatively obscure Midwest rock group called the Skeletons, it chronicled a brief and unhappy romance. In 2008, she had completed a new album, entitled "Pink Velour."

A frequent backup singer and contributor to duets with other musicians, Straw has also maintained an intermittent acting career, appearing on the television shows "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" and "Tales of the City". Syd Straw can be heard singing harmony and backing vocals on the Rickie Lee Jones albums "Traffic From Paradise" and "The Evening of My Best Day." She is also featured on Leo Kottke's "Peculiaroso," which Jones produced. For a number of years she has given an annual "Heartwreck" live performance on Valentine's Day.


* "Surprise" (1989)
* "War and Peace" (1996)
* "Live at the Triple Crown" (2001) (with The Adventures Of...)
* "Whole Wide World" (2005)
* "Pink Velour" (2008)

Compilation Albums

* "Blue Shadows On The Trail" on , 1988 (one of Various Artists)
* "Meeting Across The River" on The Songs of Bruce Springsteen, 2000

External links

* [ Official web site]
* [ Discography: Syd Straw]
* [ Syd Straw Group] Fan mailing list
* [ LAist Interview]
* [ PUNKCAST#397] Video from St Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn - Feb 14 2004
* [ PUNKCAST#670] Video from Tonic, NYC - Feb 14 2005

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