“I Walk Alone” on Better Things

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Better Things with “I Walk Alone” by Mecca Normal (original studio version, 1986).

Season 3, Episode 2: Holding
March 7, 10:00 p.m. (EST), FX channel

“Because it’s my right to walk alone in any city at any time of day wearing whatever I want to — I walk alone.” – Jean Smith

Buy I Walk Alone on BandCamp

We’ve played “I Walk Alone” at a ton of shows since 1985. I think we gave it a rest for some time in the late 90s, but it’s in our current set list. Here’s a snippet of the LIVE version at Horses Records a few years ago.

“I Walk Alone” is also on the New Album: LIVE in Montreal, 1996 (Artoffact Records, 2019) — part of a three- song ‘medley’ with “Man Thinks Woman” and “Strong White Male”. Pre-Order // Limited Edition

Footage from Fast Forward festival in Holland and the Covered Wagon in SF. Put together by Jean Smith for Normal History our weekly Magnet Magazine collaboration.

Are You Hungry Joe?
Fight For a Little
I Walk Alone
Orange Sunset
Beaten Down
Who Told You So?
Smile Baby
Don’t Shoot
Will He Change?
Trapped Against
Armchairs Fit Through Doorways
Strong White Male

The Jealous Curator


“First, oh my word I love these portraits {acrylic on canvas panel} so, so, so much. Second, Canadian rocker turned painter Jean Smith sells these paintings on Facebook for $100 a pop. WHAT? Yes, true story. Are you wondering what you’re still doing here and why you’re not over there buying a whole bunch of these 11×14 beauties? Me too. Here you go… Jean’s Facebook page. You’re welcome.” – The Jealous Curator

$100 USD contemporary portrait paintings currently available


No Hat #79 by Jean Smith throwsilver@hotmail.comNo Hat #116 by Jean Smith throwsilver@hotmail.comNo Hat 167 500No Hat 200 500Singer #4 by Jean Smith throwsilver@hotmail.com


From Mecca Normal’s most recent album (2014) Jean Smith vocals and David Lester guitar.


14 x 11″ acrylic on canvas panel. January 2016 to September 10, 2017. Music by Mecca Normal (Jean Smith vocals and David Lester guitar).

Currently Available $100 Paintings by Jean Smith

Video: live in Seattle

July 15, 2014

“Super Valu Logo” was recorded at the same time as the new Mecca Normal album “Empathy for the Evil” (M’lady’s Records, September 2014).

PRESS KIT: liner notes, videos, lyrics, photos, liner notes

The lyrics for “Super Valu Logo” are directly out of Jean Smith’s novel “The Black Dot Museum of Political Art” (literary fiction). Jean Smith is represented by the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency

Video by Jerry Massie

Boating with Clyde Photos

July 14, 2014. Lake Washington, Seattle.

Mecca Normal performs five songs from the new album “Empathy for the Evil” for an episode of Boating with Clyde. Lyrics for most of the songs on the album are directly out of two of Jean Smith’s recently-completed novels.