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Named after a long-gone San Francisco punk club, Temple Beautiful is Chuck Prophet's tribute to the city he loves. He writes and sings like a beatnik: a West Coast Jim Carroll who essays vocals like he's on the firing line. "Museum of Broken Hearts" plays like a street-tough ballad that wouldn't be out of place on an album by David Johansen or Scott Kempner, while the title track rages with the fury of punk rock in its memory. Unlike the chroniclers of the Haight-Ashbury hippie dream, Prophet takes a gritty, near–East Coast approach to his tunes. The former member of Green on Red has always had a garage rocker's heart. "Willie Mays Is Up at Bat" remembers the legendary ballplayer, proving that even rockers occasionally make it into the afternoon sun for the American pastime. "White Night, Big City" nods to the murder of S.F. city supervisor Harvey Milk without making it obvious. Prophet's everyman voice is matched by a band that plays it similarly workmanlike. There are no flourishes, no attempts at prettifying the streets.

Customer Reviews

Uh huh

Chuck does it again. Tragically underrated and undeniably fantastic. Thanks for the record Chuck!


Another awesome album. And I mean ALBUM. Not just a collection of songs. Thanks, Chuck. I can't wait to see what's next.

Homerun into McCovey Cove!

Chuck just hit another one into McCovey Cove!!! Glad Chuck stayed in school. Stay thirsty my friend.!


Born: June 28, 1963 in Whittier, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Chuck Prophet hit the road straight out of high school in the '80s with the psychedelic roots band Green on Red, and he never looked back. In addition to working as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and collaborator with artists as diverse as Cake, Kim Carnes, Solomon Burke, and Alejandro Escovedo, Prophet's deepening solo catalog of self-produced "sideways" roots rock has steadily become his calling card. Born in the Southern California suburb of Whittier, the San Francisco-based Prophet...
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