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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pre Jangle Angst

hate yr friends

Lemonheads "Rabbit"

Lemonheads "Amazing Grace"

Lemonheads "Hate Your Friends"

Lemonheads "Fucked Up"

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I've always had a soft spot for Evan Dando's Lemonheads, especially 1993's 'Come On Feel The Lemonheads'. There was something about their brand of jangle pop that just sounded good to me. Even the name of the band fit well, cause they were sugary. Much like Count Chocula.

chocula 2

But before the sugary sweetness, the Lemonheads were a different kind of band. And yes, Evan Dando was involved in it. These power pop punk tracks culled form 1992's singles compilation 'Hate Your Friends' show a different side, but the pop sensibilities are still there, especially on tracks like "Hate Your Friends" and "Fucked Up".

how will i know

Evan Dando "How Will I Know?"

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Evan Dando went on to reform the band in a different light, and was last seen rendering acoustic versions of Whitney Houston hits such as "How Will I Know?" but his catalogue is solid all the way through as far as i'm concerned. I remember seeing the Lemonheads at the Taste Of Chicago one summer (they were headlining!) and being in the front row of the Petrillo Music Shell. We had to sit through a set by Poi Dog Pondering (ugh) and had to deal with smelly dancing hippies with emphysema on their arms (or whatever that white stuff is). It was kind of not worth it. Nothing is.

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