I had a bit of a shock yesterday when I came across a brand spanking new Lemonheads album. Wha-wha-wha?
Yup, Evan Dando has returned to the pop rock frontiers, making the first album in 10 years to carry the Lemonheads name. And then I got home and read that Bill Stevenson (of the Descendents and Black Flag) and Karl Alvarez (also of the Descendents) were in the band. Wow. That’s weird and cool (but probably not as weird as Johhny Marr from the Smiths joining Modest Mouse. Which he did. Seriously.). Of course, the real WTF winner is having living legend Garth Hudson (from The Band) appear on a song. My jaw about hit the floor when I saw Hudson’s name in the credits. Having listened to some samples of the disc, I’ll admit it: I’ll be picking it up this weekend.
Anyway, the revelation of a new Lemonheads album got me all nostalgic for Evan, seeing as one of my all time favorite rock records is The Lemonheads’ ‘Shame About Ray’, which is just an utter masterpiece of pop songwriting. Sadly, (or not, really) the Lemonheads were never much for videos, but here’s the clip for ‘My Drug Buddy’