just forget about the usual thing: the marshall crenshaw MARSHALL CRENSHAW poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Cynical Girl" - 2:37 7
"There She Goes Again" - 2:39 6
"Someday, Someway" - 2:53 4
"Mary Anne" - 2:57 3
"Not for Me" - 2:38 0
"Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)" - 2:39 0
"She Can't Dance" - 2:47 0
"The Usual Thing" - 3:06 0
"Rockin' Around in N.Y.C. " - 3:10 0
"I'll Do Anything" - 3:03 0
"Girls" - 3:04 0
"Brand New Lover" - 2:39 0


us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:32 (thirteen years ago) link

hard to exaggerate my affection for this album. i don't think there's a weak track on it. even semi-filler stuff like "girls" is still pretty perfect. my first inclination is to say "cynical girl," but there are so many that i love.

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:34 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm gonna be boring and vote There She Goes Again. I liked Crenshaw more later on in the 80s, tho, like around the Mary Jean & 9 Others and Good Evening times.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:36 (thirteen years ago) link

i like plenty of his subsequent stuff (including the new album, which is pleasant), but i guess i'm in the dull canonical crew who think he never really improved on this one.

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:38 (thirteen years ago) link

he definitely never improved on the cover photo. it's so exactly 1982.

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:39 (thirteen years ago) link

"Cynical Girl," although classic for the intro to "Girls" alone.

he's never had an album poll, no? I'd be very curious to hear the late eighties stuff that Johnny Fever (and Christgau, etc) are so high on.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:41 (thirteen years ago) link

"Mary Anne." And I think Field Day is even better.

Matos W.K., Wednesday, 8 July 2009 14:43 (thirteen years ago) link

my main hangup with field day is lillywhite. and i'm sort of a lillywhite fan, i just think he kinda drowned crenshaw. i should get it again, tho -- i haven't heard it in years. (and i know there are people who don't like the production on the first one either. but i like its reverby brightness.)

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I like the debut and Field Day both a hell of a lot, but FD's big sound just seems perfect to me: ridiculous overblown drums and guitars making post-teen love plaints sound adolescently end-of-the-world. It was my favorite album in high school.

Matos W.K., Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:04 (thirteen years ago) link

"whenever you're on my mind" is definitely my favorite crenshaw single. (stupidly, the video doesn't seem to be available anywhere.) and that's one where lillywhite's production really makes the guitar line shimmer.

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Another vote for "There She Goes Again." The turnaround at the end of the bridges, the "Go have fun, little girl, I can live without you," is just so beautiful and plaintive.

If there were a Field Day poll I'd be voting for "Monday Morning Rock," just to register my preference in advance.

Great live Crenshaw show from 1992 available here: http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=158

Chubby Checker Psycho (Pancakes Hackman), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:10 (thirteen years ago) link

on a side note, i'd never til just now heard the beatles' version of "soldier of love"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA1I97awWPM

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:12 (thirteen years ago) link

my main hangup with field day is lillywhite. and i'm sort of a lillywhite fan, i just think he kinda drowned crenshaw. i should get it again, tho -- i haven't heard it in years. (and i know there are people who don't like the production on the first one either. but i like its reverby brightness.)

The way the chorus soars on "Our Town" until the comedown ("before he whole thing's gonna CRUMBLE to the ground!") is my favorite Crenshaw moment. The song's first few verses work as a subtle nod towards Lillywhite's production touches.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:20 (thirteen years ago) link

First-rate performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR7gXt9GeVM

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

There She Goes Again

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:19 (thirteen years ago) link

It was kinda a bummer seeing him a couple years ago with the Figgs, since the Figgs whupped ass on their own set and then seemed to pop ludes before backing up Crenshaw—totally sucked all the life and fun out of them, and Crenshaw just couldn't give the same level of energy to his work that the Figgs did to theirs (and seemed to want to do with his).

I do enjoy telling my girlfriend that Crenshaw Blvd. in LA is named after Marshall Crenshaw.

(There She Goes Again, I think. Time to give this another listen just to see if my impulsive vote was the right one, but that means buying it or dl it some other way, since my tapedeck doesn't work anymore.)

THESE ARE MY FEELINGS! FEEL MY FEELINGS! (I eat cannibals), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 17:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Someday, someway

Mike Crandle, Financial Analyst, Bear Stearns, New York, NY 10185 (res), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 18:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Mary Anne is one of his best songs if not his best.

Jim, Saturday, 11 July 2009 17:41 (thirteen years ago) link

i love the chorus harmonies on "mary anne": doooon't cry mary aaaaannnn etc.

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 12 July 2009 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 13 July 2009 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

haha damn, only four songs repped for here? craziness.

Matos W.K., Monday, 13 July 2009 23:24 (thirteen years ago) link

love "You're My Favorite Waste of Time" more than any of these

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 14 July 2009 00:39 (thirteen years ago) link

those are probably my 4 favorites, tho i might bump one for "she can't dance." or "the usual thing."

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 14 July 2009 02:10 (thirteen years ago) link

I was so torn up at having to choose, I didn't vote for any.

Jaq, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 02:16 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

The answer is "The Usual Thing," assholes!

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 21:45 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

i know it's not one of the more celebrated songs on here, but i've been loving the shit out of "girls" lately.

charlie h, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:11 (ten years ago) link

there is something really Alex Chilton/ Big Star about that track (and various others).

charlie h, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:37 (ten years ago) link

eight years pass...

You don’t say!

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 March 2021 03:48 (one year ago) link

I finally caught up to Crenshaw like four years ago. Absolutely love this album, and the Rhino best of compilation feels rock solid, though I've only heard one other album (his second - track down the recent reissue by Intervention Records, Crenshaw was involved and it's the definitive edition).

birdistheword, Saturday, 6 March 2021 04:23 (one year ago) link

I don't know if Better Back Off is his best but on first listen it's damn good.

that's not my post, Saturday, 6 March 2021 05:12 (one year ago) link

He wrote lots of good songs, y'know.

Nice pick of covers. "2541" (not on the Rhino best of) is easily my favorite Grant Hart song outside of Hüsker Dü. (He actually pitched it to the band in 1985 and Mould VETOED it.) After the Go-Betweens first split, Robert Forster recorded a good cover for one of his solo albums as well.

I don't think John Hiatt ever released "Someplace Where Love Can’t Find Me" on any of his own records, but it's definitely one of the best ones he gave away. Maybe even the best one period (along with "She Don't Love Nobody," best heard by Nick Lowe)...anything better, he probably recorded himself.

birdistheword, Saturday, 6 March 2021 06:20 (one year ago) link

Trying to remember the George Jones song that has a similar idea to “2541,” which I see is “4033” or “Four-O-Thirty Three.”

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 March 2021 14:48 (one year ago) link

I love that Crenshaw botched the lyrics of "2541" - ("big windows to LAY in the sun") but decided to keep it in, rather than re-record, because it still kind of made sense.

henry s, Saturday, 6 March 2021 14:53 (one year ago) link

Maybe even the best one period (along with "She Don't Love Nobody," best heard by Nick Lowe).

Agree. I don't care for Bonnie Raitt's "The Thing Called Love."

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 March 2021 15:24 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

*bump*

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 September 2021 04:40 (one year ago) link

the best

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Sunday, 5 September 2021 05:39 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

His albums have been missing from Spotify, but apparently for good reason - he is beginning to reclaim the copyrights, and he already has a deal in place with Yep Roc to reissue the first two in expanded editions. First one's out in late November, second one's next year:

https://amplifymusicmag.com/%E2%AD%90%EF%B8%8F-interview-%E2%AD%90%EF%B8%8F-marshall-crenshaw-looks-back-on-his-impressive-catalog/

birdistheword, Monday, 19 September 2022 13:37 (two weeks ago) link

Cool. Was just looking for some of that stuff.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 September 2022 13:56 (two weeks ago) link

Now want to hear his cover of “Couldn’t I Just Tell You.”

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 September 2022 14:06 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTI0tSjGUZg

birdistheword, Monday, 19 September 2022 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

Just realized I haven't heard anything he's recorded in the past 20+ years until finding that track!

birdistheword, Monday, 19 September 2022 14:16 (two weeks ago) link

He's playing on Monday in NYC.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 00:43 (two weeks ago) link

^totally dig this one

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:07 (two weeks ago) link

There are so many great Rhino sets and compilations and deluxe editions that don't exist in Spotify.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 13:16 (two weeks ago) link


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