Sexton Blake (band)
Sexton Blake is a band based in Portland, Oregon. They are signed to the independent record label Expunged Records. Fronted by singer-guitarist Josh Hodges, other instruments include keyboard, drums, and bass. They were featured on the album to: Elliott, from: Portland, a tribute album to Portland singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, performing the song "Rose Parade". The Washington Post described Sexton Blake's version as "faithful to the original's fragile aesthetic, if not [the] exact sound." Their full-length, self-titled album was recorded in New York City, by Josh Hodges, who then moved to Portland and started the band by the same name. Their second album, Plays the Hits!, was released in July 2007. The album consists entirely of cover songs from the 1980s, an idea that was first proposed to Hodges by Expunged Records founder Anthony Davis. The mastermind behind the band, Josh Hodges, is also in the Portland band Starfucker along with Ryan Bjornstad. Starfucker has released four full albums also with Polyvinyl Record.
- Josh Hodges – vocal, guitar
- Ryan Bjornstad – keyboards
- Tom Homolya – bass
- Tim Edgar – drums
To: Elliott, From: Portland
2004 album that is sometimes titled Explosive Motion Picture Score or Josh Hodges' Sexton Blake. Includes the songs:
- "Little Bit More"
- "Jake - Keep It Together"
- "Me or Mine"
- "Want to Die"
- "East of . . ."
- "Doesnt Matter"
- "Know the Way"
- "Dreaming of Babylon"
- "Better off Dead"
Plays the Hits!
2007 album that includes the cover versions of:
- "Hungry Heart" (as made popular by Bruce Springsteen)
- "Bette Davis Eyes" (as made popular by Kim Carnes)
- "Young Turks" (as made popular by Rod Stewart)
- "Making Love out of Nothing at All" (as made popular by Air Supply)
- "I Need Love" (as made popular by LL Cool J)
- "The Logical Song" (as made popular by Supertramp)
- "Oh L'amour" (as made popular by Erasure)
- "Girl You Know It's True" (as made popular by Milli Vanilli)
- "Rush Rush" (as made popular by Paula Abdul)
- "Daniel" (as made popular by Elton John)
- "Evil Woman" (as made popular by Electric Light Orchestra)
- "Life in a Northern Town" (as made popular by The Dream Academy)
- "Human Nature" (as made popular by Michael Jackson)
Sexton Blake has been on numerous tours of the Northwestern United States, and performed at the annual Portland festival PDX POP NOW! 2006, a free music festival showcasing local bands.
- Hughley, Marty (February 3, 2006). "Elliott's all-stars", The Oregonian, p. 14.
- Jenkins, Mark (March 19, 2006). "To: Elliott, From: Portland", The Washington Post, p. N09.
- Lewis, Scott D. (December 24, 2004). "Soundcheck: Notes from the Northwest music scene: Josh Hodges' acid test", The Oregonian, p. 15.
- Lopez, Luciana (July 6, 2007). "Soundcheck: Notes from the Northwest music scene", The Oregonian, p. 15.
- MacNeil, Jason (August 10, 2007). "Sexton Blake: Plays the Hits!", PopMatters. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- McCullough, Amy (July 4, 2007). "Out of the Blue", Willamette Week. Retrieved 2009-11-28.