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he's just playing drums on/producing the album
...that's a pretty lengthy commitment.
didn't mean to be sarky either, absolutely choking to hear new stuff with the original line-up :)
all fans here innit.
amazing things from the new record. or gut-wrenching disappointment. i'm gonna be all positive about it just for fun and plump for the former.
Adams doesn't make bad records.
My only nervousness is RA being on drums. Can't we have him on joint guitar and vocals please? What a band!
having him involved is probably a good thing, but I don't think I'd want to be hearing his influence (and voice) so much that it sounded less like a proper Lemonheads record than an Adams/Dando side-project collaboration
Not saying that this doesn't have the potential to be totally righteous, but let's keep things in perspective here.
Trawl everyone of those threads and there I will be defending Easy Tiger and Cardinology!
favourite album? this week, it's Come On, but overall, it's always Shame.
is there anything else I should be checking out, btw? he kind of went odd after this, no?
I actually don't like the first three at all (they wont actually sound like those). Shame, Come On, Car Button Cloth and Lemonheads all perfect.
but the self-titled one is far far better than I expected. In fact, it might be my fave (after Ray obviously).
if Ray had been released just 12 months earlier, I reckon they'd be viewed in very different terms now.
By the time it was released in 1992, we were in the post-Nevermind world. Whilst that brought a lot of deserving bands to the public attention, it also meant that certain bands who enjoyed success at that point were viewed suspiciously by the the taste-makers. Sometimes this was a good thing. No-one seriously thinks Stone Temple Pilots have contributed anything of note to rock.
Although it got pretty much universal good reviews, I don't think people were prepared to accept Lemonheads jump from bottom of the rung alt-rock band to country-pop geniuses. I think their success was considered just part of the Nirvana-effect, rather than because it is one of the best albums from that period.
The fact that girls wanted to have sex with him didn't help how he was viewed either. This wasn't something that J Mascis ever had to worry about.
So while their sales were good, their longevity suffered. Yeah sure people make a lot of his breakdown and drug binging, but with hindsight it didn't damage his productivity THAT much.
I reckon if Shame About Ray was released pre-Nevermind, the underground would have taken him far more to their hearts. I'm not saying that they'd be massive, but I think they would have had more committed fans rather than some fans and thousands of people who had a copy of Shame About Ray but forgot about them.
Does this make sense? It's only an opinion obvs. I just think they got shortchanged by history.
(Baby I'm bored)
Lovey is great too. Creator and Hate Your Friends also very good.
the opening line of Ride With Me starts playing in my head
hotel sessions and best of...this is good news, i saw him play the slade room s a few months back and whilst musically great you could tell he was going through the motions, so i hope hes putting the effort in , RA is probably the right man for the job too, so it'll be interesting....i think Self titled is a great album, theres some punchy pop songs on there....fingers crossed.
given how he always knocked out such amazing covers back in the day
Very clever. Very modern ;)
and a serious antagonist when he was unable to find it, too.
Everything else he released all sounded a tad samey for me, his last effort was utter dross.
Do you mean Cardinology (great) or III/IV (great)?
Forgot that. Is brilliant. If a little one paced. 8/10.
RA fan points. I accept that.
Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield are doing a UK tour
Saw Shame About ray tour thing a year ago or so, and was struck by 2 things
1) He has no stage presence
2) He sounds far better quiet and acoustic than he does lost in a band
Way back when he toured car button cloth he was pretty dam charismatic
Last time I saw him he walked on stage in a soaking wet coat, went through the motions for 90 minutes ( admit idly I still loved the songs, ) and then fucked off again whilst a few people from the crew mshrugged thier shoulders for a bit at each other.
Brilliant both times.
I first saw them when they released The Lemonheads, it was alright, but not what I had anticipated following rave reviews by folk I knew who saw them back in the day.
Saw Dando a year or so prior to that and it was a setlist made up of cover versions, so not the best. Neeldess to say I didn't bother picking up Varshons.