Vic Sadot is a singer-songwriter in Berkeley, California who delivers a diverse selection of original songs in his solo repertoire act or with his Crazy Planet band. The topics range from the kind of subjects you would expect from one who celebrates the folk tradition of Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and Steve Earle.
Crazy Planet Band began playing in Newark, Delaware in 1979 and serves as Vic’s showcase for his original folk rock and blues songs. Planète Folle means “Crazy Planet” in French and it is a Cajun/Zydeco band. Vic is the singer, acoustic guitar, and 10 button accordion player in Planete Folle. The repertoire in that band is Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans R&B covers, most of which are in Louisiana style French.
On 9/11/11 Vic released his latest CD titled “9/11 Truth & Jutice Songs”. It is a 16 song CD focusing on the attacks of 9/11/01, in which the songs question the official conspiracy story and the exploitation of the tragedy for wars and repressive legislation. “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” relates to the many remaining questions about the horrific events of “shock and awe” on 9/11 and the offical conspiracy story that was told about 19 Muslims with box cutters led by a man on a dialysis machine somehow coordinating the massive attacks from a cave. Some of Sadot’s songs correlate to certain books that inspired them. “Cheney’s in the Bunker” came from reading David Ray Griffin’s monumental “The 9/11 Commission: Omissions & Distortions” in which he reported the omitted testimony of Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta on his recollections from being in the White House bunker with Dick Cheney. “Blowback or Bloody Treason” was written after reading Michael Ruppert’s “Crossing the Rubicon”. Ruppert was a former Los Angeles detective, and he believed that 9/11 should be subjected to standard criminal investigation procedures with a view to who had the means, motive, opportunity, and stood to benefit from the crimes. “Trouble in the Rubble” came from reading an Associated Press article on the 9/11 rescue dogs by Amy Westfeldt. It was run in the Washington Post on Oct 20, 2006. It states that many of the rescue dogs who worked at the WTC after 9/11 had their feet burned by “white-hot debris”. The reporter did not question or explain how this came to be. While it is consistent with other reports of pools of molten steel still being “white-hot” many weeks after the disintegration of 3 of the World Trade Center towers, it is not consistent with the official story that the towers fell into rubble as a result of jet fuel fires.
“9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” is posted to Last FM intractive internet radio based in the UK where Vic offers a number of free mp3 downloads. Vic has written blog “journals” at Last FM since 2007. They present the lyrics along with comments about how he wrote each song!
Vic’s best known song is probably his tribute to anti-Vietnam war topical folk singer, Phil Ochs. It’s called Broadside Balladeer. It was included with various artists on Acoustic Rainbow Sampler #23, a CD that was sent to about 1,400 DJ’s around the globe. This resulted in some nice commentary from some of them. Dominique Lemarechal of RCF Rivages in Brittany, France, said Broadside Balladeer was “fantastic, and I hope to hear other songs on Broadsides & Retrospectives (Vic’s own CD of 19 original songs. Speaking of that CD, Programme Director: Christian Claesberg, & DJ Andrea Stolle of Radio Teutoburger Wald, the Old Stringhouse Music Show in Herford, Germany wrote, “It is a masterpiece of music! At the moment our listeners likes the tunes #11, #13, #14 and #17 A Little Girl’s Bedtime, Good Time Delaware, Bourbon Street, Our Only Chesapeake). Remo Ricaldone, host of the American Roots Radio Show in Condove, Italy, said, “I consider it powerful and inspiring, both lyrically and musically!” The lead song, Mad Cowboy Disease, skewers the Bush-Cheney neo con war policies with serious humor in the tradition of Vic’s hero, Phil Ochs.
Wilmington News Journal writer Gary Soulsman once referred to Vic as “the Pete Seeger of Delaware”. Indeed, environmental preservation themes and tributes to local places are celebrated in such titles as White Clay Creek, Our Only Chesapeake, The Brandywine and The Christina, The Fog Watch on Limestone Road, The Swans on Smalley’s Pond, and The Rugged Hills of Landenberg. Several of these songs are on Broadsides & Retrospectives, including Good Time Delaware, the Chuck Berry-style boogie tribute to the beach that calls for protection of the coastal zone because “there’s got to be a place to let the wildlife run!”
A perennial children’s favorite that has been in Vic’s repertoire for more than 25 years is called The Frog Jog. It’s a silly fantasy full of frog frolic set in the swamps of Sussex County, Delaware. It was co-written by Vic’s friend Craig Maurer. The Frog Jog is often performed with an invitation to the children to wear a frog costume and dance to the tune.