Beat So Lonely was the first single off of Charlie Sexton’s debut album, Pictures for Pleasure.
Charlie Sexton had been the lead guitarist for Joe Ely’s band at the age of 13 and recorded his debut album (Pictures for Pleasure) when he was 16 years old. A few months later the then 17-year-old released this as a single.
On May 4, 1986 Beat So Lonely was listed on the Billboard Hot 100 as # 17.
Pictures for Pleasure, released in 1985, was the first studio album released by singer/guitarist Charlie Sexton. The album was the first solo effort by the 16-year old musician who had already secured a reputation as a skilled guitarist.
Pictures for Pleasure can best be described as a combination between Sexton’s blues rock roots and the more commercially acceptable (at the time) New Wave genre.
Charlie Sexton went on to be the guitarist for Bob Dylan’s backing band for 3 years from 1999 to 2003.
Editor’s Note: It was my best friend who first spied Charlie Sexton’s debut album, Pictures for Pleasure, as we stalked the aisles at one of our favorite record stores at the time (I think it was Music Market). Though it was most likely the striking good looks of Charlie on the cover of the album that caught both of our attentions, it was the music that stuck around and stayed with us. That delicious mix of rockabilly and new wave, two sounds we both adored. That said, damn he was pretty, like a threesome-love child of Matt Dillon, David Bowie and Siouxsie Sioux – and he was our age at the time, too.