And just like that it was done. Silver Jews front man David Berman sang his final swan-song last week via the Drag City message board; stating his logic for leaving of the band, but almost more importantly his deepest, darkest secret was revealed -- the identity of his father.
We reported this, but at the time the posts had yet to been confirmed, until today. According to the Washington Dispatch, a Drag City spokeswoman confirmed the authenticity of the announcements, which reveal Berman's father as the notorious conservative lobbyist Richard "Rick" Berman, who sports the not-so-clever nickname "Dr. Evil" proudly. It might sound a little too much like a bad Austin Powers plot line, but for the anything-but-conservative Silver Jews front man, it's a harsh reality.
Berman stated that he thinks his father is a "despicable man... a sort of human molestor. An exploiter. A scoundrel. A world historic motherfucking son of a bitch." It might just be this angst and animosity towards his politically taunting father that has inspired Berman to make the switch from devoted musician to possible "muckraker," as he suggested in one of his posts. Perhaps the estranged father and son will duel it out on the White House steps, and Berman will cross over to the dark side. But until then, Berman will be bidding his final farewell to music at his last show with the Silver Jews tomorrow night [January 31] at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee.