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Once again you're at a dead end: So yeah it's that time of the week again, meaning Wednesday, i.e. Wodnesdæg, i.e. Lillördag, i.e. Song for Odin tide. And instead of skipping it I'm just gonna pour a nice neat rye and jump on it, so here I go. We're going to continue letting the test pressing do the talking here, with "Somebody Wants to Love You" from the forthcoming Shards vol. 3: https://youtu.be/3it773TCVQk I've always liked this track, and let me tell you it has never sounded better. As before, that's the spinning test press, with the newly mastered digital audio dropped in - the real thing is gonna knock you out, I predict. (Also as before, thanks to our man Klode for the pic.) You can still call "dibs" to get on the waiting list for the deluxe super limited first pressing of this release, see link below. Anyway, this is, of course, a Partridge Family cover, one of the B sides of the 1991 "Love American Style" seven inch. I doubt there's anyone on this earth who likes it anywhere near as much as I do. Recording it, and particularly playing it live, was for me the realization of a dream stretching back to early childhood. Because I always wanted to be in the Partridge Family. Fantasies of playing huge stadiums full of screaming girls (or gritty, sweaty, disgusting clubs full of screaming girls) would come later. But my earliest rock star dreams were more along the lines of having learned a valuable lesson about something or other and wearing a puffy, huge-collared shirt under a weird red velvet sleeveless jacket and performing a "concert" about this lesson in a little cocktail lounge for an audience of nice middle-aged people seated at tables who would politely applaud over the song's fade-out before the credits. In real life, we never managed to have any "concerts" like that. But we dragged this song down with us into our gutter anyway, and there was a certain ironic satisfaction in that. The momentous nature of the spectacle being lost on just about everyone produced a unique, sad magic. I wrote this song up pretty extensively on the basis of it appearance in a set in Southampton UK, Summer of 1992. (See link below.) The tl;dr there is that there's nothing snide about this cover. We're really trying to "interpret" the song, as one might do with any great song, which it most certainly is. However, irony creeps in anyway, bidden or not. Snip: 'I’m at a loss to characterize the precise flavor of irony at work in this sort of cover song. It’s not “camp,” quite. And it certainly isn’t meant as a straightforward joke, a la, “hey we’re gonna play this cheesy song now, let’s all laugh at how stupid it is”... 'But I know people have taken it that way when we’ve done it with various songs (if they even realize it’s a cover, which is a whole ‘nother matter: I really doubt many of the kids in that Southampton crowd were thinking of the Partridge Family while we were playing it.) There is a bit of irony about it, just in the fact that a band like us is standing there “interpreting” a Partridge Family song. There just is. I suppose there’s irony surrounding the entire enterprise of the Mr. T Experience, and in another sense everything is basically irony. 'Anyway, if you know a bit about me, you won’t be surprised to hear that my take on “Somebody Wants to Love You” is that it’s a great song per se and full stop, and that our cover of it is as sincere or “serious” as, say, when some band covers Dylan or the Velvet Underground or whatever it is that people tend to cover “seriously.”...' Figuring out how to balance the irony has been a recurring theme in these write-ups, as it was in the band that is its subject. The straight and the ironic can be hard to pin down. I'm not sure there's all that much of a difference, to be honest, or if there is, I'm still kind of lost in it. All that meta-ness aside, though, I love the sound, the attitude, the arrangement and the, you know, sheer GUITAR of this recording. I think I'd imagined the album we'd do as a follow-up the next year (1992) would be mostly along these lines, i.e. grand but relatively straightforward arrangements of quirky, mildly ironic love songs with piercing lead guitar overwhelming everything. But said album, Milk Milk Lemonade, turned into a far weirder beast (though it still had the guitar.) I'm not sure why it took that turn, and it no longer matters, much, whether it was or was not a good idea. Things happen and sometimes you get swept up in them. Like I said, I'm sure I'm the only person who likes this track as much as I do. But it is one of my favorites of all the recordings and I'm really stoked at how great the re-master sounds. Cue applause, brief tag with mom joke and teenage daughter looking rueful, a laugh track, outro music and credits. notes: -- Sounds Radical dibs link: https://www.soundsradical.com/shards3.html -- the original: https://youtu.be/QXk15tpfd9Q -- "Somebody Wants to Love You" live in Southampton UK, 1992: https://youtu.be/N1ldEgVmyeg -- that "minor secrets" write-up: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/823215248410394624?referrer=frankportman -- my Milk Milk Lemonade re-assessment post: https://drankf.medium.com/milk-milk-lemonade-still-not-getting-any-younger-94f4ca5e77f6 -- Wes Farrell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Farrell -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #vinyl #punkrock #minds
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Once again you're at a dead end: So yeah it's that time of the week again, meaning Wednesday, i.e. Wodnesdæg, i.e. Lillördag, i.e. Song for Odin tide. And instead of skipping it I'm just gonna pour a nice neat rye and jump on it, so here I go. We're going to continue letting the test pressing do the talking here, with "Somebody Wants to Love You" from the forthcoming Shards vol. 3: https://youtu.be/3it773TCVQk I've always liked this track, and let me tell you it has never sounded better. As before, that's the spinning test press, with the newly mastered digital audio dropped in - the real thing is gonna knock you out, I predict. (Also as before, thanks to our man Klode for the pic.) You can still call "dibs" to get on the waiting list for the deluxe super limited first pressing of this release, see link below. Anyway, this is, of course, a Partridge Family cover, one of the B sides of the 1991 "Love American Style" seven inch. I doubt there's anyone on this earth who likes it anywhere near as much as I do. Recording it, and particularly playing it live, was for me the realization of a dream stretching back to early childhood. Because I always wanted to be in the Partridge Family. Fantasies of playing huge stadiums full of screaming girls (or gritty, sweaty, disgusting clubs full of screaming girls) would come later. But my earliest rock star dreams were more along the lines of having learned a valuable lesson about something or other and wearing a puffy, huge-collared shirt under a weird red velvet sleeveless jacket and performing a "concert" about this lesson in a little cocktail lounge for an audience of nice middle-aged people seated at tables who would politely applaud over the song's fade-out before the credits. In real life, we never managed to have any "concerts" like that. But we dragged this song down with us into our gutter anyway, and there was a certain ironic satisfaction in that. The momentous nature of the spectacle being lost on just about everyone produced a unique, sad magic. I wrote this song up pretty extensively on the basis of it appearance in a set in Southampton UK, Summer of 1992. (See link below.) The tl;dr there is that there's nothing snide about this cover. We're really trying to "interpret" the song, as one might do with any great song, which it most certainly is. However, irony creeps in anyway, bidden or not. Snip: 'I’m at a loss to characterize the precise flavor of irony at work in this sort of cover song. It’s not “camp,” quite. And it certainly isn’t meant as a straightforward joke, a la, “hey we’re gonna play this cheesy song now, let’s all laugh at how stupid it is”... 'But I know people have taken it that way when we’ve done it with various songs (if they even realize it’s a cover, which is a whole ‘nother matter: I really doubt many of the kids in that Southampton crowd were thinking of the Partridge Family while we were playing it.) There is a bit of irony about it, just in the fact that a band like us is standing there “interpreting” a Partridge Family song. There just is. I suppose there’s irony surrounding the entire enterprise of the Mr. T Experience, and in another sense everything is basically irony. 'Anyway, if you know a bit about me, you won’t be surprised to hear that my take on “Somebody Wants to Love You” is that it’s a great song per se and full stop, and that our cover of it is as sincere or “serious” as, say, when some band covers Dylan or the Velvet Underground or whatever it is that people tend to cover “seriously.”...' Figuring out how to balance the irony has been a recurring theme in these write-ups, as it was in the band that is its subject. The straight and the ironic can be hard to pin down. I'm not sure there's all that much of a difference, to be honest, or if there is, I'm still kind of lost in it. All that meta-ness aside, though, I love the sound, the attitude, the arrangement and the, you know, sheer GUITAR of this recording. I think I'd imagined the album we'd do as a follow-up the next year (1992) would be mostly along these lines, i.e. grand but relatively straightforward arrangements of quirky, mildly ironic love songs with piercing lead guitar overwhelming everything. But said album, Milk Milk Lemonade, turned into a far weirder beast (though it still had the guitar.) I'm not sure why it took that turn, and it no longer matters, much, whether it was or was not a good idea. Things happen and sometimes you get swept up in them. Like I said, I'm sure I'm the only person who likes this track as much as I do. But it is one of my favorites of all the recordings and I'm really stoked at how great the re-master sounds. Cue applause, brief tag with mom joke and teenage daughter looking rueful, a laugh track, outro music and credits. notes: -- Sounds Radical dibs link: https://www.soundsradical.com/shards3.html -- the original: https://youtu.be/QXk15tpfd9Q -- "Somebody Wants to Love You" live in Southampton UK, 1992: https://youtu.be/N1ldEgVmyeg -- that "minor secrets" write-up: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/823215248410394624?referrer=frankportman -- my Milk Milk Lemonade re-assessment post: https://drankf.medium.com/milk-milk-lemonade-still-not-getting-any-younger-94f4ca5e77f6 -- Wes Farrell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Farrell -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #vinyl #punkrock #minds
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