THE OTHER HIT’s music is a nod to the sounds that drifted out of transistor radios in the 1970s. Radio stations playing hits of the day wove a tapestry of bubblegum pop, straight-up rock, soul music, cross-over country, and acoustic-based singer-songwriter fare. That kaleidoscopic influence comes through clearly on the ten original songs on The Other Hit’s debut album Diego (release date 2.22.2022). That influence came full circle when drummer Harry C. Wilkinson Jr. contributed tracks to two remixes released in August and September 2022. Harry was part of that 1970s radio landscape with his brilliant drumming on Michael Murphey's smash hit single "Wildfire."
Diego is loosely sequenced as an “electric side” and an “acoustic side.” Lyrically, the songs’ themes walk the path of history, reflect on personal experience, and anticipate approaching days. The title track references Diego Giacometti, brother of legendary artist Alberto Giacometti. The song is a tribute to Alberto, but also to the loved ones who offered their support. “Up on the Street (Swede Hollow)” recalls a hardscrabble community in an inner-city hollow in St. Paul, Minnesota — now a park — that was home to generations of immigrants. The rocker “Stone’s Throw” ponders the tension inherent in imminence. The song subjects are all devoted to the writer’s quest to better understand his own life, and are reflective of the array of sounds and styles that played on the radio as he was growing up and coming of age.