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Lemonheads’ seminal album ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’,
lovingly reissued for its 30th Anniversary. Reissue includes a slew of
extra material, including an unreleased ‘My Drug Buddy’ KCRW session
track from 1992 featuring Juliana Hatfield, B-sides from singles ‘It’s A
Shame About Ray’ and ‘Confetti’, a track from the ‘Mrs. Robinson/Being
Round’ EP, alongside demos that will be released for the first time on
vinyl. This reissue celebrates their prestigious fifth album, these
deluxe bookback editions feature new liner notes and unseen photos.
‘It's A Shame About Ray’ had a considerable impact back in those heady,
carefree days of '92, the record perfectly captures Dando’s ability to
effortlessly encapsulate teenage longing and lust over the course of a
two-minute pop song.
Singles such as 'My Drug Buddy' and the breezy perfect pop of the title
track might stand out (plus the add-on of 'Mrs. Robinson' which later
copies included), but the album's real strength lies in the tracks
in-between; the truly fantastic 'Confetti' (written about Evan's
parents' divorce), and the eye-wateringly casual acoustic cover of
'Frank Mills' (from the "hippie" musical Hair), a version that seems to
resonate with every ounce of pathos and emotion felt for the lost 1960s
generation. To hear Evan Dando sing lines like 'I love him/but it
embarrasses me/To walk down the street with him/He lives in Brooklyn
somewhere/And he wears his white crash helmet' is to truly appreciate
how wonderful and tantalising pop music can be. Then, there's the rush
of insurgency and brattishness on the wonderfully truncated 'Bit Part';
the topsy-turvy 'Ceiling Fan In My Spoon'... this was male teenage
skinny-tie pop music on a level with The Kinks, early Undertones,
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