Another fine guest contribution today, this time courtesy of Jen whose long-time love for The Lemonheads comes through nice’n’clear. She’s gone for a chronological approach that demonstrates how much the band’s sound changed and evolved in a little over a decade and she’s also included a fair proportion of cover versions, none of which are the song that got them the commercial breakthrough here in the UK:-
AN IMAGINARY COMPILATION ALBUM – THE LEMONHEADS
1. So I Fucked Up…[Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners 7” EP, 1986]
Punk was still new in Northern California in 1986, the year the Lemonheads put out their first record. Both singers here, and that great relief of shrugging off your potential and embracing your god given destiny.
2. Hate Your Friends [Hate Your Friends, 1987]
Seventeen and speeding around the San Francisco suburbs with my friends. No sleep for a week, sitting around the living room staring at each other, these lyrics will speak to you.
3. Ride With Me [Lovey, 1990]
Alone. Driving. Loud.
4. Different Drum [Favorite Spanish Dishes, CD EP, 1991]
This is the record where the Lemonheads became a pop band. Dando kept Ronstadt’s POV, singing about a “boy” instead of changing the lyrics to “girl.” It’s hard to remember how bad-ass that was in 1991.
5. Skulls [Favorite Spanish Dishes, CD EP, 1991]
If you take a violent, funny Misfits song (so any Misfits song) and cover it slow and acoustic, the song becomes an amazing sad classic. It’s a good trick. It works every time, as many bands have discovered since Dando.
6. Alison’s Starting To Happen [It’s A Shame About Ray, 1992]
Is Dando more idiot, or more savant? Is it an act, an accident, a joke on us?
7. Frank Mills [It’s A Shame About Ray, 1992]
From the 1968 “Hair” soundtrack. This song was a gift, for us kids hanging out in the park. No school. No work. Lots of characters.
8. The Great Big No [Come On Feel, 1993]
My favorite of the big pop songs.
9. He’s On The Beach [Big Gay Heart, CD EP, 1994]
Kirsty MacColl song about her friend that disappeared in the early 80’s. She started getting beach postcards from Australia. The Lemonheads crush this tune, sending it galloping through the streets of Boston.
10. Hospital [Car Button Cloth, 1996]
Is he trying? Is he not trying? Is he finger-painting with melted crayons? Who calls an album car button cloth? Dando was a sun-slapped gorgeous boy running through the sprinklers with terminal cancer, singing about the cherry flavor of his medicine. He knows rock and roll is for the ugly. He will destroy his own beauty.
Bonus Track: Pin Yr Heart [The Outdoor Type, CD Single, 1997]
As the curtain falls on his first act, he covers Nikki Sudden. Right?
mp3 : The Lemonheads – So I Fucked Up
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Hate Your Friends
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Ride With Me
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Different Drum
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Skulls
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Alison’s Starting To Happen
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Frank Mills
mp3 : The Lemonheads – The Great Big No
mp3 : The Lemonheads – He’s On The Beach
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Hospital
mp3 : The Lemonheads – Pin Yr Heart