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I feel like rather than dwelling on Mark Linkous's death on the RIP thread more, it might do me better to start some threads about his albums and focus on how great they were, starting with the first.

Poll Results

10. "Hammering the Cramps" – 2:49 6
2. "Weird Sisters" – 5:00 4
12. "Heart of Darkness" – 1:52 4
7. "Saturday" – 2:27 4
14. "Someday I Will Treat You Good" – 3:42 3
8. "Cow" – 7:05 3
11. "Most Beautiful Widow in Town" – 3:19 2
5. "Spirit Ditch" – 3:24 2
13. "Ballad of a Cold Lost Marble" – 0:45 1
15. "Sad & Beautiful World" – 3:33 1
1. "Homecoming Queen" – 3:36 1
16. "Gasoline Horseys" – 2:40 1
4. "Rainmaker" – 3:47 1
6. "Tears on Fresh Fruit" – 2:08 0
3. "850 Double Pumper Holley" – 0:36 0
9. "Little Bastard Choo Choo" – 0:47 0

Krusty Burgerizer (some dude), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:21 (twelve years ago) link

wait waht he's dead!?


nitzer ebbebe (gbx), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:26 (twelve years ago) link

Such a great album.

Evan, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:31 (twelve years ago) link

"Hammering the Cramps"!

dmr, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:32 (twelve years ago) link

RIP thread here, gbx: Sparklehorse - classic or dud(e) - RIP Mark Linkous 2010

Krusty Burgerizer (some dude), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:33 (twelve years ago) link

heart of darkness

rahni, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:33 (twelve years ago) link

I'm gonna take this CD with me in the car tomorrow and think about this a bit, but at the moment I'm torn between "Cow" and "Weird Sisters" and "Someday" and "Most Beautiful Widow In Town."

Krusty Burgerizer (some dude), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 03:34 (twelve years ago) link

someday was one of the most unlikely hit radio singles. i actually got kind of sick of it at the time, but now I love it.

akm, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 04:03 (twelve years ago) link

heart of darkness i think? but i really need to listen to this again

just sayin, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 08:47 (twelve years ago) link

Hammering the Cramps

nate woolls, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 08:48 (twelve years ago) link

First reaction was "Someday I Will Treat You Good" but thinking maybe I shd pick something slightly more representative of the album as a whole since I love pretty much all of these

falling while carrying an owl (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 09:12 (twelve years ago) link

Really tough one here. I went for 'Spirit Ditch' as it's just absolutely lovely. Although I could have quite as easily picked 'Homecoming Queen', 'Heart of Darkness' or 'Sad & Beautiful World'. 'Someday' is an outstanding rocker (I've always loved the guitar solo) but I tend to be more inclined towards the sad, slow, melancholy side of Sparklehorse.

AnotherDeadHero, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 10:27 (twelve years ago) link

well it's obviously either hammering the cramps or someday

going with latter; having heard the album even without knowing it was the big hit single it stood out miles and became a slight obsession

cow/sad & beautiful world are also superb

inertia of movement gave it the goal parabola (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 10:31 (twelve years ago) link

Without having listened in a couple of years I want to go with "Cow" - will listen again and report back though.

Tim F, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 10:51 (twelve years ago) link

the way that 'cow' just keeps going and going even when it should end and then keeps going a little longer and then battles through the fading instrumentation to keep going...awesome

one of the better bluegrass feedback wig-outs

inertia of movement gave it the goal parabola (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 10:53 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, it and "Saturday" were among the first tunes that forced my tender 14 yr old brain to acknowledge the value of repetition + repetition + repetition.

Tim F, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 11:06 (twelve years ago) link

needs a proper eurohouse remix tbh

inertia of movement gave it the goal parabola (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 11:28 (twelve years ago) link

(but yeah, the 3's taken me AGES to catch up but songs like this certainly help. along with the fall. and krautrock. and the boredoms.)

inertia of movement gave it the goal parabola (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 11:31 (twelve years ago) link

Went for Saturday without thinking twice, just plain gorgeous.

Maraca Son Sistema (Matt DC), Tuesday, 9 March 2010 12:15 (twelve years ago) link

Def. still "Cow". "Saturday" might have clinched it if it was longer. "Tears On Fresh Fruit", "The Most Beautiful Widow In Town" and "Heart of Darkness" would have been my alts I think.

Need to listen to Good Morning Spider as, though I remember preferring that album, I have no sense of what in particular I loved most on it.

Tim F, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 17:19 (twelve years ago) link

'Someday' is classic.

Il suffit de ne pas l'envier (Michael White), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 17:29 (twelve years ago) link

cow ftw. i just moved out of a place that had a bird in the garden that sounded like that running, unspooled mechanical swirl at the end of the song, it made me think of it all the time. pretty girl/milking a cow/oh yeah

werewolf congress (schlump), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

I've always meant to explore his stuff more deeply, but I'd feel like kind of a dick to start now.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 22:45 (twelve years ago) link

one of the first things that stuck out to me during the period when this cd was constantly in my car was that i'd always skip the odd tracks for the even tracks. i think i just prefer the rawkier stuff to the gentler stuff.

iiiijjjj, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 23:06 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 15 March 2010 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

this is the one album of his i don't have...perhaps now is the time

ciderpress, Monday, 15 March 2010 00:50 (twelve years ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

just saw thomas white play live - fucking ended with 'someday i will treat you good' - awesome

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 00:09 (twelve years ago) link

Surprising results for me. Thought 'Spirit Ditch' and 'Sad and Beautiful World' wouldv'e ranked higher.

AnotherDeadHero, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:18 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

love how "rainmaker" references "spirit ditch"

iiiijjjj, Saturday, 22 May 2010 00:52 (twelve years ago) link

Rainmaker & Hammering the Cramps are my favorites, but the whole thing flows very nicely. Good solid recording.

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 24 May 2010 01:49 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Was just thinking this needed to be polled and here it is. The answer is Cow, but Rainmaker getting 1 vote is plain wrong so maybe that.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 6 May 2022 19:56 (two weeks ago) link

Agreed on "Cow". Something irked Mark when he/they played in Seattle on the GMS tour and they skipped the "Cow" encore which was on the setlist I snagged. Sad face!

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 6 May 2022 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

listened to this while doing the dishes this week - seemed better than what i rememebered - needs a reissue on lp if you could make this happen thx reissue people

Hinklepicker, Friday, 6 May 2022 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

It had one via Plain but consensus is that label is bad at sound quality and that version is now also out of print anyway...

Evan, Friday, 6 May 2022 21:59 (two weeks ago) link

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