Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lost Gem: "Wellsville" - Embarrassment (1981)

"Offered us his hospitality
but of course...
we were too busy."
--> The Embarrassment <--

The Embarrassment (Embos to their fans) were four young guys who seemed to have dropped through a weird..."CBGB Time Crack"...that borned them smack dab in the middle of ...Wichita, KS?

Freshly original, Embarrassment were off-center but always on target, making music that connected with the stressed-out and the left-out.

They were penguins on the prairie. They were kool.
Casey Chambers...In the daytime...In the sunshine.

LOST GEM:--> "Wellsville"...a great roadtrip song with snapping drumbeats and bass runs. Snaggly guitar trim from Bill Goffrier almost disguises vocalist John Nichols' regret of rushing through life.

Have you heard this gem?

Driving fast down the road
on the highway
I guess so
We stopped just past the Flint hills
there's a sign
it was Wellsville.

Met a country man
willing to lend a hand
fix the car
run the land
down to earth
man stands so tall
he informed us
of the sky and the rainfall.

pass by life
(pass it by)
pass by Wellsville

Offered us his hospitality
but of course
we were too busy.

pass by life
(pass it by)
pass by Wellsville.

in the daytime.

pass by life
(pass it by)
pass by Wellsville

in the sunshine
where the youth die
pass by life
(pass it by)
pass by Wellsville.

You can see main street anytime.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lost Gem: "The Lottery Song" - Harry Nilsson (1972)

"If life is just a gamble...
gamble if you want to win."
--> Harry Nilsson <--

He was handed the ultimate stamp of approval any artist would cream their jeans to receive...complimentary long-distance phone calls from each one of The Beatles.

Harry Nilsson. The eclectic musical magi with a head full of moonage daydreams. John Lennon's..."favorite group".

Nilsson was like nobody else. He had spirograph vocals and lite-brite visions. But his fear of performing in front of crowds all but voided any chance for growing that much larger fan base he justly deserved.

Nilsson was Nilsson...and it's exactly these strange attributes that drew me in.

And it is especially rewarding for me when I discover any Nilsson song being utilized in a film...("Coconut" in "Reservoir Dogs" & "Jump Into The Fire" in "Goodfellas") quickly come to mind.

LOST GEM:--> "The Lottery Song"...a gentle McCartneyesque melody, instantly catchy and sweet...but, on closer listen, more sweetly...tongue-in-cheek. The big-time dreams of the small-time everyday man. (himself included). Perfect.

Have you heard this gem?

You could do the laundry
I'll come by on Monday
You give me the money
I will buy a ticket
On the local lottery
We could win the lottery
We could go to Vegas
And be very happy.
Ooh Loo...

I could be a plumber
We could wait till summer
We could save our money
Have a fine vacation
We could buy a trailer
If we bought a trailer
We could go to Vegas
And be very happy.

Ooh Loo...
If life is just a gamble,
Gamble if you want to win
Ooh Loo...
Life can be so easy
Let the wheel of fortune spin.

We could make a record
Sell a lot of copies
We could play Las Vegas
And be very happy

btw...go stream the terrific documentary... Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin About Him?)

Good stuff!
Casey Chambers