Here’s your #TapeTuesday! The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray (1992)


Here's your #TapeTuesday. The Lemonheads with their 1992 breakthrough album, It's A Shame About Ray, captured the zeitgeist of Generation X perfectly. Alternately loud and hummable, the music mirrored the inspiration of the band's name: a candy with a sour outside and a sweet inside. Riddled with catchy songwriting by band leader Evan Dando, the album would be reissued months later to include their cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Ms. Robinson." The rendition was a giant worldwide hit and coincided with the 25th anniversary of The Graduate. The rest of the album is actually more impressive. The title track featured a gorgeous, languid vocal from Dando. "Alison's Starting To Happen" captured the exact moment when a nice teenage girl goes "punk." "My Drug Buddy" later changed to "Buddy" due to protest from Atlantic, was a beautiful depiction of the grip of addiction. "Confetti" was one of Evan Dando's perfect pop moments ever sounding like something Brian Wilson would have penned in his prime. A lovely cover of "Frank Mills" from the musical Hair capped off this perfect soundtrack to early 90s America. Evan Dando became a poster child of alternative rock the following months even gracing People's 50 Most Beautiful People List. Listening now, the record stands up as one of the most well written albums of the alternative rock era. Purchased at Record Utopia in Westmont, IL October 2015 for $3.00. #TheLemonheads #ItsAShameAboutRay #EvanDando #DavidRyan #JulianaHatfield #TheRobbBrothers #AtlanticRecords

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