Camper Van Beethoven-- Classic or dud?

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I think "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart" was the best album, despite the fact that everyone else who likes them prefers "Key Lime Pie". Key Lime Pie might be good for laying in the middle of a backroad in some hick town staring at the angels dancing on the clouds with your friends' living room stereo wafting the delicate sounds from the house to the surrounding scenery, but Revolutionary Sweetheart is good for driving, working, hanging out, taking a bath, thinking, sleeping, resting and, yes, even listening. I also dig 1+2 but the production blows. Monks of doom can bend over and grease themselves.

Nude Spock, Wednesday, 6 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

CVB--definite classic. They were the band that really got me into music. Key Lime Pie was the first I got, and was my fave for a long time, but OBRS and Telephone Free Landslide Victory are edging up in my little mental record-ranking database thing.

Monks of Doom are seriously underappreciated. Their albums are like 90% filler, but occasionally they bust out with a song like "Taste of Tendon" that's truly badass. Cracker, I think, were just as good as they wanted to be--Lowery wanted to rock the MOR for a little while and he made some money doing it.

I'm gonna go put on Key Lime Pie right now, though.

adam, Wednesday, 6 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

TELEPHONE FREE LANDSLIDE VICTORY is a classic, if not only for "Tina," "Where the Hell is Bill?," "Club Med Sucks," "Wasted" and....lest we forget..."Take the Skinheads Bowling." Later on, their cover of the Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men" was fab, but Lowry's Cracker left me a bit cold and clammy (though "Teen Angst" was a fine `choon).

alex in nyc, Wednesday, 6 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

II&III is my fav, as I like the early stuff better in general and this particular album has a song about my hometown, which is probably the only recorded song about my hometown ever.

Sterling Clover, Wednesday, 6 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Goleta?

Nude Spock, Wednesday, 6 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Si, Goleta.

JM, Wednesday, 6 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Dud. Why? THey butchered Pictures of Matchstick Men.

Mike Hanley, Thursday, 7 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I love CVB, but I don't know if they fit in the "classic" category. I think you have to influence other music to be considered classic. Unfortunately, I can think of few bands post-CVB that combined folk, psychadelia, country, and punk (?) with truly fantastic and accessible songwriting. CVB are a dead end in the tree of music evolution.

I think that the songwriting is better on "Our Beloved," but the mood is more interesting and sustained on "Key Lime." "June" is a highly under-appreciated song. As is "My Path Belated." PLEASE: Does anyone know what that song means? There seems to be a story in that song, but I cain't figger it out. Something about a kid's mom who is a porn star and she can't give Dave Lowery a ride to school cause she's too buisy plucking her soda jerk-husband's monobrow?

Blake, Thursday, 7 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

More classic in theory than in practice, but moments of brilliance throughout. In the earlier days I think the song titles were better than some of the material (man, I love the title "ZZ Top Goes to Egypt" but I can't remember the song at all). Count me as a Key Lime Pie man. I liked Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart just fine...the song "Life is Grand" is amazing, as is "Eye of Fatima", but somehow it leaves me with a hollow feeling, and I can't quite put my finger on it...seems like there's no spark, or something about the production. I don't know. Key Lime Pie is sustained brilliance through the first six songs, and the rest is still great. Favourites were "(I Was Born in a) Laundromat", "Jack Ruby", but esp. "Sweethearts".

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 11 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Exactly. 'Key Lime Pie' for exactly the types of reasons you mentioned. It is one of the best examples of what is now referred to as "Alt.Country" (even though I've never actually heard anyone place them or this album in that category). 'O.B.R.S.' comes off as a bore, to me, in comparison to most of 'Key Lime Pie' - just sounds like the run-of-the-mill type of Alt.Rock being churned out type of deal having little to no spark.

Howdo, this kinda talkin makin me wanna put on that there Key Dime Try and sat out in da front lawn watchin da overgrewd kids play in the babypool with my Pabst in one hand and my lit Marl-red in the other. Ah! Ain't needin no sun lotion.

michael g. breece, Sunday, 1 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

four months pass...
I haven't heard all (or perhaps any?) of their albums all the way through, but I did go see them live once after hearing great things about them, and I was very disappointed. The only thing I ever heard by them that I liked was their cover of "Photograph."

DeRayMi, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
I just picked up "Cigarettes and Carrot Juice," the 5 CD boxset containing their first three albums, a b-sides & rarities collection, and a previously unreleased live album (composed of material from their major-label releases, primarily).

Although I've heard them all before, I've fallen in love all over again. Wonderfulness abounds.

J (Jay), Friday, 15 November 2002 21:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Indisputabily classicv. C'mon, dispute me, I dares ya.

TMFTML (TMFTML), Friday, 15 November 2002 23:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Pictures of Matchstick Men was great; my favorite song of theirs. Shit, I didnt even know it was a cover? (Who did it originally?)

David Allen, Saturday, 16 November 2002 18:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Status Quo (and also covered by the Slickee Boys and Type O Negative with Ozzy on vox)

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 16 November 2002 19:22 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
I am REALLY loving the box set, the live CD's just tremendous, and so well-edited. What a great band, what a buncha great ideas.

matt riedl (veal), Friday, 21 February 2003 18:14 (seventeen years ago) link

never heard them but what a horrible fucking name!

schnell schnell, Friday, 21 February 2003 18:19 (seventeen years ago) link

key lime pie was one of the first cd's i owned. i love it. i would say cvb is neither classic nor dud, but a very unique band that put out some classic, if not necessarily essential stuff.

i like david lowery's songwriting, but i think a lot of people would view cvb lyrics as too "quirky." actually, a classic bit of david lowery is the hidden track on the second cracker record. i presume it's called eurotrash girl.

jq higgins, Friday, 21 February 2003 18:34 (seventeen years ago) link

never heard them but what a horrible fucking name!
Not as bad as Vomit Launch.

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 21 February 2003 18:45 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
Definitely classic.

I'm a Key Lime Pie man myself. Sure I love "Skinheads" et al but listening to the honey tunes of KLP takes me straight back to a glorious summer of love during my college years in England. Had the great tunes, harmonies and the barbed lyrics - bittersweet in true indie tradition.

SteveT, Monday, 22 November 2004 12:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Have always liked em... the world needs more smart, funny bands. I have an initial-run copy of the debut album, and saw their first NYC gig at Folk City (early '86?).

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 November 2004 16:09 (fifteen years ago) link

"Flowers" off of Key Lime Pie = devastatingly classic song

myopic_void (myopic_void), Monday, 22 November 2004 16:37 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
They're playing New Orleans tonight! Is the new album any good?

adam (adam), Friday, 21 January 2005 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes!!!!

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 21 January 2005 21:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Awesome!

adam (adam), Friday, 21 January 2005 21:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I started a thread on the album, but not many responders.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 21 January 2005 21:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw them about a year ago and they were great, as always.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Saturday, 22 January 2005 00:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Never realised so many people dug Key Lime Pie. Possibly classic for that oft-overlooked LP alone. Must. listen. now...

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 22 January 2005 01:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah. Nude Spock was ahead of his time when he was remembering stuff people forgot they liked a long time ago. Search his threads.

ooga booga, Saturday, 22 January 2005 01:26 (fifteen years ago) link

I've recently listened to Key Lime Pie and "All Her Favorite Fruit" I find really interesting and weird. Structurally. It starts off seeming innocent enough with the narrator thinking about a girl, then it gets a little creepier with the narrator calling the girl up and not saying anything, and then the narrator is watching her in her house with another fella, and then its off to imagination land where the narrator and girl are together in some weird foreign country on a plantation and then something about rotting and singing songs.

What a crazy little song about stalking a girl. Classic.

brontosaur, Saturday, 22 January 2005 01:52 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a newish live CD from a Feb 2004 live show that's actually pretty decent, called In the Mouth of the Crocodile - Live in Seattle. I'm just thrilled to hear a live rendition of "Circles," which is my favorite CVB song of all time (no kidding). It gives me the shivers. (It's available from Pitch a Tent.)

There are a million live CVB shows at archive.org, also.

Ernest P. (ernestp), Saturday, 22 January 2005 18:39 (fifteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
Post-New Roman Times live shows up to snuff? I'm dithering about Sat nite in NYC.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 18:17 (fourteen years ago) link

I was only a fair-to-middling fan back in their heyday, never saw them then, but their set at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this past summer was really good, oldies and new stuff alike.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 18:25 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...
the only "reunion" show I have ever been excited to see that also genuinely delivered.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 16 March 2007 17:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I bet. I should check them out if I ever get the chance, missed them in Virginia a year or so back. The two shows I saw them do in '88 and '89 rank among the best ever for me.

So yeah. classic. not one mention on this thread of the great third LP... for shame, ILX. Some of the tracks tucked away on side 2 ("Folly", "Hoe Yourself Down", "We Love You", etc.) are among my fave CVB moments.

Other faves: "Flowers", for sure, also "June". Love all the political references in "Sweethearts".

I think I overdosed on Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart.

sleeve, Friday, 16 March 2007 18:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Classic.

All of it is great, great, great, and the benefit of 15/20 years perspective makes it now seem even more special. II + III gets my vote for favorite, although I'm sure that's influenced by nostalgia more than anything else.

I love putting on that record and hearing "Abundance" start up though. It's the secert fiddle-driven party-starter.

city worker, Friday, 16 March 2007 18:15 (thirteen years ago) link

there kinda lovable for their liner notes alone.

II and III probably gets the most play at my house, although earlier this week it was all abotu Vampire Can Mating Oven.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 16 March 2007 18:17 (thirteen years ago) link

The thing that's relaly lasted for me about Key Lime Pie is that it seems to be the peak of Lowery's career as a singer and lyricist -- he manages to combine drawly deadpan and total commanding presence here, in a way that somehow faded over the following years. (Midway into Cracker's run, I found myself actively annoyed by his singing.) Half of it comes in the form of lingering pauses, actually, these knowing little spaces where you wait for the deadpan punch, in perfect country-music style: if you ask me to think of a random Key Lime Pie lyric, the first thing that comes to mind is always the bit of "All Her Favorite Fruit" where he sings "she feeds him peppered steak" and then pauses, per rhythm, before adding "with corn." His pacing on things like that is really lovable, like the way that -- later in that same song, as it bursts kinda violently into the last verse -- his lyric shifts to a really static image, which would actually be a haiku if he didn't drawl out "toward":

The mid-day air grows
thicker with the heat and drifts
toward the line of trees


Which is so still and scene-setting that you wind up toward the edge of your seat waiting for the verse to resolve itself. (And it resolves itself with everyone falling asleep and dreaming!)

And probably the second random lyric to mind for me is also pause-based, in "Sweethearts," where those same big predictable country pauses leave you following the chords and waiting for the next line -- he sings "In the mind of Ronald Reagan" and you ride out the next two bars waiting for a punch line. There's another pause like the "with corn" thing, too:

Angels' wings are icing over
McDonnell-Douglas olive drab
They bear the names of our sweethearts
And the captain smiles ... as we crash


In any case I think he's fantastic on here, and I can't imagine anyone else's voice being able to carry off something like "The Light from a Cake" -- it's just weird to think how this quality seems to have largely escaped him over the course of the 90s. (There are a couple early Cracker songs that seem to have it -- like the part of "Happy Birthday to Me" that goes "hey, remember me? I crashed your wedding" -- but by and large he tried to bring out his tough voice and wound up playing away from his strengths, I think.)

nabisco, Friday, 16 March 2007 19:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Woah yeah Nabisco!

"All Her Favorite Fruit" where he sings "she feeds him peppered steak" and then pauses, per rhythm, before adding "with corn."

I love the guitar fills in Jack Ruby. The drums sound so weird on the record--so dry and flat, but it's perfect.

Mr. Que, Friday, 16 March 2007 19:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Jack Ruby and When I When the Lottery still get me every time I hear them. Great band.

darin, Friday, 16 March 2007 19:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Man, you could do so much worthwhile literary criticism on this album, actually -- like how the guy's dream of getting the girl in "All Her Favorite Fruit" winds up expressed in terms of colonial conquest, straight down to the image of the docile natives blinking their eyes and falling asleep.

nabisco, Friday, 16 March 2007 19:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Although when I bought this album in high school it was in a High Fidelity, watch-me-sell-three-copies-of-this-Beta-Band- album kind of way when the record store I was in put on Pictures of Matchstick Men.

Mr. Que, Friday, 16 March 2007 19:53 (thirteen years ago) link

also driving through Northern California listening to this record=so awesome

Mr. Que, Friday, 16 March 2007 19:54 (thirteen years ago) link

also driving through Northern California listening to this record=so awesome

are you me?

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 16 March 2007 20:00 (thirteen years ago) link

hahaha i don't think so.

Mr. Que, Friday, 16 March 2007 20:01 (thirteen years ago) link

obv. i mean Route 101, just for sake of clarity

Mr. Que, Friday, 16 March 2007 20:03 (thirteen years ago) link

ShaQue Mr. Collier

Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 March 2007 20:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Can't say I think they're classic, but I did like them quite a bit, once upon a time. Mostly for II & III and the self-titled third LP. The Eugene Chadbourne collaborations were fun too. They became a different band around the time of Vampire Can Mating Oven and Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, which was (I guess) to be expected from an oddball psychedelic comedy band with a not-so-secret pop heart.

At the time, I liked but never quite loved Key Lime Pie. The line that nabisco throws so much light on up above ("she feeds him peppered steak...[pause]...with corn") actually bugged me. Without the wooly stoner excess, I found the mannered cuteness of Lowery's phrasing insufferable. Nice lyrics, but it all seemed so precious, so bloodless.

Recently, however, I hauled out that uber-psych third LP: hadn't heard it in a decade or so. Found that it hadn't aged well. Moments here, moments there, but a lot of it felt forced. Self-consciously "wacky". Wonder if I'd now find the relative restraint of Key Lime Pie appealing...

Pye Poudre, Friday, 16 March 2007 20:34 (thirteen years ago) link

I love 'em. Telephone Free and Key Lime Pie are damn good, the former for its unbridled silliness, the latter for its silky perfection. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for OBRS, but I still haven't picked it up. I'm sure I'll like it.

souldesqueeze, Sunday, 18 March 2007 04:11 (thirteen years ago) link

New CVB coming! "La Costa Perdida." First listen reveals it to me as perhaps the dope-iest, most psych-y thing they've done since the self-titled third disc.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 10 November 2012 17:36 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Artists that just touch you so many times over the course of your life.

timellison, Thursday, 24 January 2013 05:18 (seven years ago) link

Interesting! I'll have to check this out. I couldn't get into the last one, but hey! It's been eight years. Could be an anything. They were my absolute favorite band when I was in high school which was after they had broken up and the albums were a real passion in the ass to track down.

how's life, Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:09 (seven years ago) link

pain in the ass

how's life, Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:09 (seven years ago) link

New one's really not so hot .Not terrible, but the last one I'd ever reach for, I think. Pretty casual affair.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:09 (seven years ago) link

I think Ronald Reagan was the "12th man" of this team.

how's life, Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:18 (seven years ago) link

"Sad Lovers Waltz" is a great song.

to each his own but (Eazy), Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:32 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8tJF6VEi9o

to each his own but (Eazy), Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:35 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Got the new "My Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart" and "Key Lime Pie" reissues today. Packed with bonus stuff, and the liner notes are absolutely ace.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 January 2014 22:16 (six years ago) link

ooh what are the Key Lime Pie extras? love that album so much

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 24 January 2014 22:27 (six years ago) link

CD version
1. “Opening Theme”
2. “Jack Ruby”
3. “Sweethearts”
4. “When I Win The Lottery”
5. “(I Was Born In A) Laundromat”
6. “Borderline”
7. “The Light From A Cake”
8. “June”
9. “All Her Favorite Fruit”
10. “Interlude”
11. “Flowers”
12. “The Humid Press Of Days”
13. “Pictures Of Matchstick Men”
14. “Come On Darkness”
Bonus tracks:
15. “Closing Theme (aka Guitar Hero)”
16. “(I Was Born In A) Laundromat” (Edit)
17. “Country 2″ (Demo)
18. “Good Guys & Bad Guys” (Live)
19. “Wasted” (Live)
20. “Take The Skinheads Bowling” (Live)
21. “Before I Met You” (Live)
22. “L’aguardiente” (Soho Natural Session)
23. “(I Don’t Wanna Go To The) Lincoln Shrine” (Soho Natural Session)

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 January 2014 22:46 (six years ago) link

nice

sleeve, Friday, 24 January 2014 22:55 (six years ago) link

crispy derson

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Friday, 24 January 2014 22:56 (six years ago) link

Original liners are pretty funny

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 24 January 2014 23:13 (six years ago) link

New ones not funny, but pretty solid, anyway. Also, they reprint the original liners, too.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:53 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

OK, seeing them tomorrow night. When they tour in tandem with Cracker, who generally goes on first?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:33 (three years ago) link

I just saw them, Cracker closed. boardid=41&threadid=102871

Bee OK, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:38 (three years ago) link

The Camper Van Beethoven Albums Poll

Bee OK, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:40 (three years ago) link

I like this thread better, dammit! Anyway, thanks, allows me to enjoy CVB and consider bailing on Cracker in real time.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:41 (three years ago) link

there's some good stuff on Cracker's first album (Dr. Berenice felt like a Key Lime Pie b-side). I stopped paying attention after that.

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:43 (three years ago) link

Kerosene Hat was huge for me. I was disenchanted by "I Hate My Generation" but listened to it again recently and think I could give Golden Age another chance someday. I dipped back in with their Countrysides album, which in retrospect didn't sound so good, but introduced me to Terry Allen.

how's life, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:47 (three years ago) link

I recall liking Golden Age a lot. And I heard their new double album is really good.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:57 (three years ago) link

Some of the Cracker stuff on the most recent double disc thing was actually very good

Wimmels, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:59 (three years ago) link

I saw one of Cracker's very first (maybe even the first?) shows in Santa Cruz and the most entertaining part of the show was when they broke into a Massive Attack cover, which Lowery seemed to think no one in the crowd recognized

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:07 (three years ago) link

https://archive.org/details/cracker1991-11-10-flac

how's life, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:19 (three years ago) link

haha wow yup that's it

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:39 (three years ago) link

i dont' know how it is that I've never seen CVB live. I miss these shows with cracker every year for some reason or another.

akm, Friday, 6 January 2017 19:54 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

what a band

Οὖτις, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:43 (three years ago) link

So classic. And ended on top. Hmm, I wonder how many band's first and final* albums are equally classic?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:11 (three years ago) link

Zeppelin lol

Οὖτις, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:12 (three years ago) link

they reunited tho! sellouts

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 September 2017 20:15 (three years ago) link

Hmm, LZ1 and In Through the Out Door equally classic? Don't know about that. Equally good, perhaps!

xpost In their defense, reunited Camper albums are weird and intentionally erratic.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:17 (three years ago) link

Don't think I agree with that re. New Roman Times (which I like a lot), but I know they took a different songwriting approach on the two California-themed albums. Still have not dug into those too much.

timellison, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:33 (three years ago) link

Well, all I know is that I don't listen to them, because I liked them only about as much as I liked the Camper Van Chadbourne albums. Which is an exaggeration, maybe, because I don't listen to those either, and can't remember if they're that good or not. Anyway, the last two CVB albums, they're fine, but they don't feature much of anything akin to what I love from literally everything the band did from Telephone to Key Lime Pie. New Roman Times, I can hum a song or two from that one, but as far as similar concept albums go, I think at the time I was focusing more on the Thermals record.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:44 (three years ago) link

"51-7" might be their best song ever!

timellison, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:55 (three years ago) link

Well, that's not true, but it is the only song from that album I know off the top of my head!!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:57 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

Huh, there's a new Monks of Doom record.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 May 2018 12:59 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phMv_db7Mgc

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 May 2018 13:00 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

"Take The Skinheads Bowling" sounding really good to me today for some reason.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:34 (two weeks ago) link

Wish the last couple of albums had been better. New Roman Times was awesome.

Cow_Art, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:18 (two weeks ago) link

I was blasting She Divines Water on the way to work last week. Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart and Key Lime Pie are where it's at.

Cow_Art, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:54 (two weeks ago) link

Key Lime Pie is super underrated by the people who rate things.

sarahell, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:59 (two weeks ago) link

Listening to those late 80s albums it’s noticeable how melodic and imaginative Victor Krummenacher’s bass lines are

Master of Treacle, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 02:02 (two weeks ago) link

Not to mention Crispy Dersen’s drums! ESP on OBRS. Fuggin Xgau lambasting them for not having “chops”.

The little engine that choogled (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 02:07 (two weeks ago) link

All Her Favorite Fruit may be my all time Camper jam. But that changes a lot because they have many excellent jams.

Cow_Art, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 02:19 (two weeks ago) link

Saw them playing a split gig with Cracker a couple of years ago and they've still got it. Very good show. It was just weird seeing Camper open for Cracker when we know who the better band is.

Cow_Art, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 02:20 (two weeks ago) link

Anyone who has ever heard the Monks of Doom know these guys have chops. I got to see one of their shows to, like, 20 people a couple of years ago, and it was a blast.

Who underrates Key Lime Pie? Maybe by indie snobs because it was the breakthrough "hit," but it's great, maybe my favorite. I think it's such a cool sounding record, and Pedersen's drums in particular are crazy good.

I'm trying to think if I'd consider any of their (prime) albums underrated. They're just all so full of good stuff.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 02:40 (two weeks ago) link

3rd, 4th and 5th albums are my faves, but yes this band is all time to me, two of the best live shows I've ever seen

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 03:02 (two weeks ago) link

I have to shout out Anthony Guess's drumming on Telephone Free Landslide Victory, which I'm weirdly obsessed with. It's a small kit--I just hear snare, kick, and hi-hat--but the drumming is super-tight and dynamic, and my GOD the fills! Especially on the ska instrumentals like Yanqui Go Home, Border Ska, etc. Every time I listen I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next drum fill, and every time he just nails it in the tastiest way possible:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWIbHcHDuII
This is such fun music!

J. Sam, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 03:06 (two weeks ago) link


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