Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's Not the Question, It's Who You Ask

OK. Had a productive week last week and people said nice thing and now I'm a slacker. Sorry. Did have to crank out 3500 words this week for people who nomnially pay me for it, so it's harder to do this too.

Which means today, we look at a blast from the past, a mixed tape from April 1991 that still plays. Which is a good thing, as I like it. A bunch. Name the song this post's title is from and you win a kewpie doll (it is summer fair time, isn't it?).

A Full Moon, an Empty Glass, and You

side A
Golden Palominos "(Kind of) True"
Spanic Boys "Keep on Walking"
The Replacements "I Will Dare"
Gang of Four "We Live as We Dream, Alone"
Nick Lowe "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"
The The "Uncertain Smile"
Lightning Seeds "All I Want"
Graham Parker "And It Shook Me"
Schramms "The Way Some People Die"
Velvet Underground "Beginning to See the Light"
Feelies "Sooner or Later"

side B
Pete Hammill "Sitting Targets"
Blackgirls "A Visit to the the Behaviorist"
Billy Bragg "Tank Park Salute"
The Mekons "Wild and Blue"
Rain Tree Crow "Blackwater"
Tom Waits "Clap Hands"
Garland Jeffreys "35mm Dreams"
Elvis Costello "Blue Chair"
The Chills "Tied Up in Chains"
John Wesley Harding "The World and All Its Problems"
X "The World's a Mess It's in My Kiss"
Flamin Groovies "Shake Some Action"

Nice, no? And why aren't the Lightning Seeds available on iTunes? (I have that album on cassette only.) Plus, listening to this reminded me once again that the Jools Holland piano solo on "Uncertain Smile" is the closest thing to recorded orgasm (you can keep your "Bolero"--way too steady for a truly good, spontaneous time). There's no good live version of the band doing it with Jools, but here's a YouTube with the audio, if you've never heard it. Have your cigarette at hand for the finish.

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Blogger George said...

And why, yes, it is perverse to put David Sylvian's voice up alongside Tom Waits' on a mixed tape.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

By April 1991 you had "Sooner or Later" on there, closing the first side. How long had Time for a Witness been out? A month?

You must've bought it right when it came out.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Freealonzo said...

hmmm George has a contest. At first I read it to think that the answer was in one of the listed songs but nothing really seem to fit. So I thought about it a little more. Who would George reference?

Had to be a Hoboken band and was pretty sure the Feelies didn't have a line like that. So...

Yo La Tengo?

7:22 AM  
Blogger George said...

Not sure how long it was out, Mike, but it did get released in 1991. At that point I was eager for new Feelies, so no surprise I had it right away.

Free, it is a Hoboken band and it is on the list and the song was once recorded by YLT, but the version here is from The Schramms as Dave Schramm wrote "The Way Some People Die" back when he was still in YLT. It's on both Ride the Tiger and Walk to Delphi. So it's sneakier than I meant it to be.

2:27 PM  

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