Lyle Lovett -- POX

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I only have Pontiac but I wanna explore more. Can anyone help?

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 05:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Well, which do you want, songs or albums? Not necessarily the same thing.

I like The Road to Ensenada a fair bit (more than Pontiac), and recommend it. ...And His Large Band, my first Lyle disc, leads with two great tunes - one an instrumental, and the other a half-spoken novelty single (the one that brought me to him), but the wimmin-hatin on the rest is usually nothing to write home about, even with more of the Large Band, and Francine Reed up front, and so my copy mostly collects dust. The first, self-titled record is supposed to be his most country and pretty good (sounds like he's never made a really good one, though most of them are ok enough). I Love Everybody seems to be the one for big Randy Newman fans to get.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 06:20 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
been listening to Joshua Judges Ruth lately, mostly for the song "North Dakota", which is one of the most gorgeous songs i've heard all year. the sense of space in the production is incredible.

derrick (derrick), Sunday, 24 September 2006 04:13 (fifteen years ago) link

a quick pox...(i'm sure i'm forgetting some of my favorites)

god will
if i had a boat
l.a. county
walk through the bottomland
good intentions
i've been to memphis
she's already made up her mind
skinny legs
la to the left
that's right (you're not from texas)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Sunday, 24 September 2006 04:23 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

This is really the only Lyle Lovett thread on ILX? Seriously?

His new one - It's Not Big It's Large - is terrific. Anyone else feeling it?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 17 December 2007 00:32 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Been in a Lyle mood lately. The song "Fat Babies" might not make my POX list, but it has this lyric:

I don't like hippies
And I don't like cornbread
And I don't like much

But I like you
Cause you like me
And you don't like much

This, to me, is a great love song. :)

Anyway, my list:

Nobody Knows Me
North Dakota
Family Reserve
Skinny Legs
Creeps Like Me
Private Conversation
I Will Rise Up/Ain't No More Cane
Promises
Just the Morning
She's Hot To Go

mose def (kenan), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:31 (twelve years ago) link

You could round that out if you can find a good live version of "You Can't Resist It" -- much better that way than the recorded versions. Maybe YouTube has it.

Eazy, Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:37 (twelve years ago) link

A POX ON LYLE LOVETT

Pantheism F. Mohair (res), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:39 (twelve years ago) link

Well, something sure happened to his face.

mose def (kenan), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:40 (twelve years ago) link

little known fact: lyle lovett and david lynch are twins

Pantheism F. Mohair (res), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:40 (twelve years ago) link

Long ago separated at the hair.

mose def (kenan), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:46 (twelve years ago) link

What about "She's Already Made Up Her Mind", Kenan?

Eazy, Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:47 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, that's a fantastic song. That + "North Dakota" make for a really heavy ten minutes of that record.

mose def (kenan), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:50 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, Joshua Judges Ruth is really nicely put together that way.

Eazy, Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:50 (twelve years ago) link

Another song I've been listening to a lot if "The Front Porch Song," co-written with Robert Earl Keen. Robert Earl claimed it, so it's not fair to put on the Lyle list.

mose def (kenan), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:52 (twelve years ago) link

The live version is the definitive one, of course.

mose def (kenan), Thursday, 29 January 2009 02:53 (twelve years ago) link

I mean, what great lyrics.

mose def (kenan), Thursday, 29 January 2009 03:02 (twelve years ago) link

little known fact: lyle lovett and david lynch are twins

That reminds me of a story Lyle told one time when he was on Austin City Limits. Back before he was recording, Lyle was friends with some of the crew on the show, and they'd get him tickets to tapings. During said tapings, he almost always appeared in audience shots. After he got famous and started performing on the show, someone got the bright idea to edit some of his old audience footage into his performance broadcast. Lyle then explained that he could tell when the show had recently aired because he suddenly get numerous fan inquires about either (A) his twin brother in the audience, or (B) some guy who looked alot like him in the audience.

To top it off, during the song he did after telling the story, younger Lyle once again appeared in a crowd shot.

The Wild Shirtless Lyrics of Mark Farner (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 29 January 2009 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

i love lyle lovett.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 26 March 2009 21:37 (twelve years ago) link

things i like about this guy:

a) his voice
b) his lyrics
c) his songs
d) his face

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 20:06 (twelve years ago) link

my mom listened to him a lot when i was in high school; haven't really heard him since then but i have fond feelings for him

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 20:06 (twelve years ago) link

the achilles heel for a lot of people, and sometimes for me, is the production and arrangement on the songs. it can sound kind of drippy.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 23:08 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

What are the first couple of albums I should check out given there's no (real) anthology?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 8 September 2010 17:15 (eleven years ago) link

I'd start with Lyle Lovett and Joshua Judges Ruth, tho Pontiac and Road To Ensenada are also full of great stuff.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 17:26 (eleven years ago) link

Joshua Judges Ruth, Pontiac, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. (No idea if these are still in print.)

Olde Executioner 8hundo (Eazy), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 17:26 (eleven years ago) link

Joshua Judges Ruth is such a good album title

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

my pox, off the top of my head and surely missing some stuff i'll regret...

God Will
You Can't Resist It
If I Were The Man You Wanted
LA County
Walk Through The Bottomland
She's Already Made Up Her Mind
Family Reserve
Flyswatter/Ice Water Blues
It Ought To Be Easier
The Road To Ensenada

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 17:30 (eleven years ago) link

"North Dakota" is sublime.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 8 September 2010 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

If I Had A Boat popped up on the iPod yesterday. Great song, kemo sabe.

that's not my post, Thursday, 9 September 2010 03:27 (eleven years ago) link

most recently heard "if i had a boat" about three weeks ago, when i was actually on a boat. just a small pontoon boat in the middle of a lake, but everybody knew the words and sang along.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 9 September 2010 03:53 (eleven years ago) link

no pony on the boat, no credibility.

that's not my post, Thursday, 9 September 2010 06:29 (eleven years ago) link

cowboy man is a great anthology, imo! i guess it stops around '96 or so?

hobbes, Thursday, 9 September 2010 06:34 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

Recent Tiny Desk Concert on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/event/music/166752674/lyle-lovett-tiny-desk-concert

What a great guy. I love him.

Mule, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:07 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

Listening to Lyle Lovett and His Large Band for the first time in many years. It's great, and what seemed a bit gimmicky back then, the combo of country and big band, now seems organic.

This and Lou Reed's New York were part of the end of 80s studio sounds to my ears, and both are recordings/arrangements that hold up really well as timeless.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 20:47 (six years ago) link

The quintessential Lovett song not written by Lovett:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebe84slxX3k

... (Eazy), Monday, 17 August 2015 14:57 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

Where to go after the first album? I wasn't impressed -- "nice" is all I can say.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 January 2016 21:49 (five years ago) link

First album's pretty dull. Would try Lyle Lovett & His Large Band and Joshua Judges Ruth, and Pontiac if the tinge of what could come across as misogyny isn't distracting.

longform Gordon thinkpiece (Eazy), Sunday, 17 January 2016 22:11 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

sometimes the earlier, bluesy, jazzy stuff is just exactly what you want i.e. “crying shame”, “i know you know”, “she’s no lady” etc

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:32 (two weeks ago) link

Things To Miss About Physical Media: The unlisted bonus track on on Ensenada, with the printed lyrics hidden under the back page gatefold in the booklet.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:50 (two weeks ago) link


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