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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

oooooh, jambalaya-aaaaa!


what you need, my travelin' friend
is a place to wash your jeans

and i wouldn't be the least surprised
if you were hungry for a plate of greens


just downloaded tanya donelly's latest, this hungry life, and i'm sure in the next few days i'll find reason to post about that. but in the meantime, thinking about tanya and belly flashed me back to the late 90's and perhaps my favorite band from that era, grant lee buffalo. my first experience with glb came in the form of the video for mockingbirds, shown on 120 minutes back in the days when mtv actually played music videos (what wha?!?). i could do a month's worth of posts on the greatness that is mighty joe moon, as to this day it still remains among my very favorite albums. but soon after i picked up that album, i discovered one of the joys of being in college--all the new friends you meet who actually listen to good music (remember kids, this is before mp3's and music blogs (what wha?!?)). one of my new friends ended up being a grant lee buffalo fan as well, and he had this disc called blue plate special, which had this song on it called "dixie drug store". i can still remember listening to this song for the first time and being enchanted by the wild-eyed, mystical tale that grant-lee wove to a flighty tune that was unlike anything on mighty joe moon.

it was always a shame to me that grant lee buffalo never got more recognition than they did, culminating in a last ditch effort to achieve radio-friendliness with 1998's jubilee and their subsequent disbanding soon thereafter. but from the ashes, grant-lee phillips has managed a respectable solo career, including several appearances on gilmore girls as grant, the town troubadour. he has one of the greatest voices i've heard in rock music, a hauntingly rich baritone with an impossible falsettic (word?) range, matched only by the depth of his songwriting skills. his ability to tell stories in song are in full effect on "dixie drug store", so take off your hat, kick off your boots, leave your pride behind and allow grant-lee to tell you the story of the voodooine--the queen of new orleans.

grant lee buffalo : "dixie drug store (juju mix)"
from the single fuzzy (slash records, 1993)

while the version of "dixie drug store" that appeared on blue plate special was the original version which appeared on the fuzzy lp, this is an extended version, with extra verses, which appeared on the fuzzy single.

4 Comments:

Anonymous isabel said...

The fact that you have posted about Grant Lee Buffalo will now make me have to listen to all their albums. So I should thank you. They have got to be the band I have loved the most for the longer time. I still do.

Thanks.

November 29, 2006 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger tad said...

sweet! have fun listening--i had my little GLB kick yesterday. it had been so long since i had last listened to mighty joe moon, i had forgotten how incredible it is. although, listening to fuzzy again too, i have to say i think that one is nearly as good! i'm gonna have to put up "jupiter and teardrop", i think, as another story song by grant

November 29, 2006 at 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, being that i'm a sucker for all things GLB, "Jupiter and Teardrop" sounds great. Although Mighty Joe Moon is my favourite, Fuzzy is right up there with it, and so's Copperopolis. I mean, those guys never lost quality. Even Jubilee is wonderful.

(I have never heard Shiva Burlesque though, and I have the feeling I'm in for a treat)

December 1, 2006 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger tad said...

isabel,
keep an eye out here in the next few days. i have one shiva burlesque song that i will put up along with another GLB song and maybe a grant solo song

December 2, 2006 at 3:46 PM  

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