poppy family - s/d - what should i get?

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don't know anything about them.

(final question)

doomie x, Friday, 13 August 2004 06:26 (eighteen years ago) link

isn't there a cd that compiles their best stuff? "which way you goin' billy?" has "there's no blood in bone" and is generally the greatness. i only have that one.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 13 August 2004 08:31 (eighteen years ago) link

I think the only thing you can get (unless you go searching through used vinyl) is the CD comp Good Thing Lost on What are Records?, cuz everything is out of print.

Vic Funk, Friday, 13 August 2004 10:04 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, buy the comp or at least download "Good Friends".

C0L1N B3CK3TT (Colin Beckett), Friday, 13 August 2004 10:13 (eighteen years ago) link

i downloaded my own best of and Wifey and I listen to it all the time

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 13 August 2004 11:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I think March Records put out a comp some years back. It's got all the hits ("No Blood in Bone" being a personal favourite). If you find a Susan Jacks comp or Terry "Seasons in the Sun" Jacks comp, they often have some of these tunes and are generally easier to come by than any Poppy Family album.

Guymauve (Guymauve), Friday, 13 August 2004 12:02 (eighteen years ago) link

I hassled an actual Canadian about this for a full fifteen minutes last weekend, in broad daylight, but I don't remember shit about what he told me. There's not much, get it all?

Anyway: "Where Evil Grows" vs. Nico "Frozen Warnings"

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Saturday, 14 August 2004 04:11 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...

i've loved 'free from the city' since i got it on saint etienne's "the trip" compilation, and finally found a copy of "good thing lost" yesterday! this is marvellous.

happy island
that's where i went wrong
there's no blood in bone
a good thing lost
what can the matter be?

derrrick, Monday, 21 May 2007 09:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Worth grabbing the Chessmen stuff too...

Saxby D. Elder, Monday, 21 May 2007 17:37 (fifteen years ago) link

'There's No Blood In Bone' is amazing. The other stuff I heard wasn't really that exciting.

emil.y, Monday, 21 May 2007 20:51 (fifteen years ago) link

'no blood in bone' is surely the weirdest and most dramatic. much of the rest is quite tame, with the occasional flash of oddness.

derrrick, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 00:57 (fifteen years ago) link

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MwO-6t_FBsY"Where Evil Grows" (Introduced by Kenny Rogers!) is probably my second favorite song of theirs...

I have a DVD loaded with this stuff that I found on some torrent site. This is about the best thing on it. Youtube has a lot of good PF stuff!!

Saxby D. Elder, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 01:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Thanks for the link Saxby! "Evil" was always my favourite of theirs. I found a vinyl copy of Poppy Seeds just last month. (Which I owned on 8-track tape years & years ago.)

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 22:40 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

An article and an interviewwith Poppy Family guitarist Craig McCaw, who is still a face around town in Vancouver. There's some interesting historical details about the band including the fact that before they had a drummer the percussion was provided by Susan slapping her thigh with a bean pod.

everything, Monday, 20 April 2009 16:34 (thirteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Free gig this Saturday: The Poppy Family Experience featuring Susan Jacks, Craig McCaw, Satwant Singh and members of the New Pornographers, Pink Mountaintops and Destroyer.


everything, Monday, 9 June 2014 22:01 (eight years ago) link

well isn't Canada adorable!

is the A Good Thing Lost compilation the best place to start if you want to hear some of their lesser-known cuts? or is it worth hearing the original albums?

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 03:10 (eight years ago) link

I'd say get the compilation - most of the first album and more than half of the second album are on there anyway, and let's face it, almost all their songs are "lesser known". I haven't ever listened to the original album of Poppy Seeds - it's hard to find a copy.

everything, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 19:15 (eight years ago) link

"A Good Thing Lost" is a great place to start, probably all most would need. In Canada, the LP's are pretty easy to find dollar bin records. The "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" LP is my favourite - has the trippiest stuff like "Happy Island" and "There's No Blood in Bone" - tabla and sitar and weird moogs plus solid AM radio hooks - but I'm also cool with the more straight-up folky pop.


Brio2, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:20 (eight years ago) link


Brio2, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:21 (eight years ago) link

dope susan jacks schmaltz-abilly track


Brio2, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:29 (eight years ago) link


Brio2, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:44 (eight years ago) link

byrdsy Dion:

Brio2, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:45 (eight years ago) link

sorry wrong thread

Brio2, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:46 (eight years ago) link

So Susan Jacks is still singing? I like her voice. I like "Where Evil Grows"...being of that era every song transports me...

Against Hungry Children (I M Losted), Wednesday, 11 June 2014 04:13 (eight years ago) link

She's still singing but not recording AFAIK.

I think, like most people, I was probably originally drawn in by the dark psych-folk stuff but their more conventional songs are equally, if not more, stunning - Winter Milk, I'll See You There, Another Year Another Day, etc.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Saturday, 14 June 2014 07:37 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The new line-up!

Josh Wells, Susan Jacks, Craig McCaw, Satwant Singh, Kurt Dahle & John Collins.

everything, Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:58 (eight years ago) link

Here's the article.

everything, Thursday, 10 July 2014 17:02 (eight years ago) link

Josh Wells, Susan Jacks, Craig McCaw, Satwant Singh, Kurt Dahle, John Collins, Melissa McCarthy, Dan Savage & Bitcoin.

dem bow dem bow need calcium (seandalai), Thursday, 10 July 2014 22:26 (eight years ago) link

seven years pass...

Poppy Family singer Susan Jacks passes away at 73 https://t.co/ZiRpEJrQUh

— The Vancouver Sun (@VancouverSun) April 26, 2022

R.I.P. Susan

"There's No Blood In Bone" was a mix cd staple for me for many years (when people still made those). I never really embraced any other Poppy Family stuff like I did that song, but I grabbed a couple of her solo records off soulseek this afternoon and I positively love this one!


Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 22:50 (three months ago) link

RIP :(

The TV show on which Susan and Terry met, when she was still Susan Pecklevits


Jeff W, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 00:54 (three months ago) link

I probably posted about this on the show's thread: "Where Evil Grows" in Killing Eve (first season, I think) was the highlight of the entire show's run for me.

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 01:27 (three months ago) link

Johnny - prefer the Poppy Family version, but cool to hear Terry's first go at it:


bulb after bulb, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 01:37 (three months ago) link

WOW WOW WOW I wasn't expecting it to be quite *that* wildly different.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 04:29 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

“Beyond the Clouds” showed up in one of my algorithms and it’s knocking me out.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 July 2022 16:23 (three weeks ago) link

First track on the comp A Good Thing Lost.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 July 2022 16:28 (three weeks ago) link

I had this CD a long time ago, but the only one I play these days is "Where Evil Grows".

Wtf is an rem record? (I M Losted), Monday, 25 July 2022 22:30 (three weeks ago) link

Kind of liking the whole vibe of this.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 15:12 (two weeks ago) link

You don't like "There's No Blood in Bone"?

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 18:54 (two weeks ago) link

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