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Remember when Johnny Depp did music videos?
I would say that his role in The Lemonheads It's A Shame About Ray is nowhere near as epic as his role in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Into The Great Wide Open although Evan Dando's dreaminess in the former makes it almost tie for overall hotness with the latter.


When's the last time you watched this?
I must admit...not so much happens. Dando is a babe. The girl looks like an Urban Outfitters catalog model. Depp is a ghost? STILL...so great!

If I could only listen to 5 albums for the rest of my life, this record would be one of them. It is 12 perfect tracks (fuck that added-later "Mrs Robinson" shit). The puzzle piece behind the couch that makes the sky complete!
Listen and love, young grasshoppers who were born when I was buying this at Sam Goody with a gift certificate from my rollerskaing birthday party, listen and love.

Nostalgia Bonus, deeper into the rabbithole:
The song that made Ben Lee (then in Noise Addict) famous, I Wish I was Him. It's about Evan Dando and my favorite line is "He's got 6 different flannel shirts, Airwalks not thongs, he even understands the words to Pavement songs." He was 13! This video is a sort of revamped version of the original, and I don't like it as much, but it's still pretty rad.

And for all you newly minted riot grrrls, here is a cover the aforementioned ode to my early teens years love by Kathleen Hanna.

Are you having a 90s braingasm yet?


HAL said...

LOL omg ... yeah, 90s braingasm.


hazel said...

omg omg omg It's A Shame About Ray is one of the first CD's I ever bought (uh in like 2004, I was in 4th grade, but still!) because I heard "Alison's Starting to Happen" on the radio and really liked it.

This is such a nice post. I LOVE ALL THE NEW RIOT GRRRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherie said...

The Kathleen Hanna song was SO GOOD, I've only ever heard of her when I read about feminism, I never really heard her sing before. She's bad and good at the same time. I wonder how she pulls that off.
And btw, the 90's is my favorite time period EVER. I wear flannel and I love grunge!!!

Fashion Intel said...

Riot grrrl forever. Love it!

KD said...

110% awesome.

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piña said...

i love this post! just saw ED a few months ago, he's looking a little beat.

Colleen said...

I'm so glad you reminded me of that Tom Petty song...I love how judgmental he is while singing that song.

By the way, I added you to my list of links on my blog so if you wanted to add me back that would be grrrreat

Lauren said...

i live for your music posts. they are SO GOOD.

Amber said...

I saw the Lemonheads when I was in high school, and Evan Dando was standing beside me in a hooded cloak! during the opening band's (Red Kross) entire set. I was waaaay to nervous to say anything to him, of course. Then, I saw Ben Lee open for *I think* the Magnetic Fields in '96? And Evan Dando was there hanging out with him. Of course, I didn't say anything to him that time either. On a sad note, I saw the Lemonheads like 3 years ago and although he still sounds great, Evan looks awful. So sad, he was so dreamy. And I totally, totally agree- It's a Shame about Ray is just perfection.

canvas art said...

Great reviews, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love the songs! They are beautiful! They make you think of your teenage years in a dreamy way :)

Ranveer Patil said...

This is great do you have a catologue if so I would love one to share with friends and family.
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