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SF Examiner

Chuck Prophet still ‘chasing the San Francisco dragon’

It's no secret that former Green On Red axeman Chuck Prophet is something of a fixture around his native San Francisco.

You could set your watch to his appearance every Tuesday morning at the old Tower Records on Market Street. If he wasn't touring, that's where you'd find him, combing through that week's new releases. 

Now, he's penned an entire album-length ode to The City with "Temple Beautiful," which hits stores Jan. 24. It's named for the defunct music venue where Prophet saw countless shows when he first moved here 30 years ago.

Prophet — whose gruff, gravelly growl has been heard in the soundtracks for such hip cable-TV shows as "Californication," "True Blood" and "Sons Of Anarchy" — penned tributes like "Castro Halloween," "Emperor Norton In The Last Year Of His Life (1880)," and the title track, which boasts a cameo from local legend Roy Loney, of Flamin' Groovies/Phantom Movers renown. 

About San Francisco, Prophet employs tongue-in-cheek drug metaphors to comment, "It can suck you under. That first hit. It really does a whammy to you. And if you're like me, you can find yourself chasing the San Francisco dragon for the rest of your life. That's what this record is about." 

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by Tom Lanham on October 26, 2011 COMMENTS • Filed under Artist Profiles (Temple Beautiful)