The Lemonheads – My Drug Buddy

by alphamonkey on October 6, 2006 · 4 comments

in Music Videos,Uncategorized

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’

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  • Mr Misanthrope

    “Shame About Ray” is one of the best pop albums ever made (not “pop” as in Michael Jackson but “pop” as in Big Star, Nick Lowe, The Replacements, etc.) I never knew there was a video for Drug Buddy (with the also great Juliana Hatfield.)

  • Your Good Twin

    “Shame About Ray” is a good one, but I’ll always find “Come On Feel The Lemondheads” far superior to their other work.

    Hey, I can finally see the work in the image to enter!

  • .alphamonkey.

    I always felt like ‘C’mon Feel’ lacked some of the urgency and power of ‘Ray’.  There’s a sense of irony and slyness that replaces the confessional core of ‘Ray’.  ‘Feel’ also lacks songs like ‘Bit Part’ and ‘Alison’s Starting to Happen’.  More polished and ornate, certainly, but ‘Ray’ will always be my favorite.

  • MonkeeDoo

    As a humongous fan of The Band and as someone who wears a beard that Alphamonkey once described as Garth-Hudsonesque, I’m glad to see he’s getting around; his work on the last Nico Case album is killer.  Go, Garth, go!  Any music that you can make that Robbie Robertson has no right flapping his mouth about is a worthwhile endevor.

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