There’s a lot of love here at the Old Record Club for John Waters and the remarkable troupe of talent he gathered round him, which included the wonderful Kim ‘Hatchet Face’ McGuire, who has just passed.
If you’ve never seen Cry Baby, shame on you but at least you can watch it all here.
Not more than a couple weeks back I was sat in a bar in a strange place with a new friend and the bartender called her ‘Butterfly’. This was on account of a tattoo of a bunch of butterflies fluttering up her arm and was sweet and friendly rather than creepy and weird. As it goes. Anyways it got this song here swimming back through my head and it’s always welcome when it comes around. Recollection ain’t always what it could be but if I ain’t mistaken ‘So Much Wine’ was the first I ever heard of the Handsome Family and I was completely taken with it before it was even half way through. Heartbroken and helpless and beautiful and slightly christmassy just for good measure. I was pondering on this and also on how it may still be their finest moment as it played in my head. Which is not to suggest the many hours I spent listening to all their other stuff was any kind of disappointment – no indeed, not a single moment of it wasted. It’s been a while since the last album, on which all the songs were about animals, an overarching theme that suggested the record had been hard fought and long wrought. Not that I’m down on it but it didn’t seem to just flow out the way the earlier ones had. Still, I’ma cussing myself for not having any of their music on my phone and not listening to them in too long and what do you know? I hear the frogs a -calling, the stars are aligned and a new record is almost with us friends. Here’s an adorable clip they made themselves for ‘Gold’ the aptly titled first track off of that soon come new record ‘Unseen’. It’s just wonderful and (possibly inspired by their leap in profile after ‘Far From Any Road’ was used on True Detective) tells the tale of a robbery gone wrong in beautiful Handsome Family style. All the things are gonna be much better than they were you know?
Like Randy and Earl’s favourite country singer (we agreed about all that, Earl?) covering Randy’s favourite Dillard And Clark song (at a Daniel Romano show!)
Life is good, friends
How you been friends? We been having a ‘tropical’ sorta summer hereabouts with sunshine and downpours taking it in turns. Undaunted I’ma trying to get in a summer mood – bust out the hawaiian shirts and cocktails and such. Also feelin’ a lot more European than usual so here we got some Belgians on a Greek label bringin’ you a brand new record in a old time stylee. ‘Miles High’ is a surf instrumental thing on the clean, crisp end of that sound – always room for more surf music in my world. So, all you need to know is right there on the cover to be honest, a hula hoopin’ airhostess in 50’s -60’s stylin. I’m afraid the title track is cheesy in exactly the way you might fear but it’s sandwiched between the sprightly and fantastically named ‘Fiorella With The Umbrella’ and fabulous Morricone style western twanger ‘The Horse He Rode In On’ so they’re forgiven. It ain’t like this is serious music anyhow. Takes a curious but not completely disastrous turn on ‘Rajasthan Reggae’, yeah really, but mostly this is a blast of short bright, breezy, joy. Hostess, can I get another one of them drinks here?