EVAN DANDO And LEMONHEADS Released ‘IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY’ 30 Years Ago

Back in time

4 June 2022

Band: LEMONHEADS
Active: 1986–1997, 2005–present / 10 studio LPs

Anniversary album: IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY – 5th LP
Released: 2 June 1992 – 30 years ago

AllMusic said: “If Lovey captured Evan Dando as he found his signature blend of
punk-pop, jangle pop, and folk-rock, It’s a Shame About Ray is where he perfected
that style. Breezing by in under half an hour, the album is a simple collection of
sunny melodies and hooks, delivered with typical nonchalance by Dando. None of
the songs are about anything major, nor do they have astonishingly original melodies,
but that’s part of their charm. They’re immediately accessible and thoroughly catchy.”

Score: 4.5/5.

TUTV: Evan Lemonhead Dando’s best album. Say no more.

Singles/clips: It’s A Shame About Ray / Confetti

– IT’S A SHAME ABOUT RAY –

– CONFETTI –

Stream the 30th-anniversary edition on Spotify

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Happy 52 To EVAN DANDO…

4 March 2019

Evan Griffith Dando was born on 4 March 1967 in Essex, Massachusetts. Happy 52!
With his famous band THE LEMONHEADS he released a couple of weeks ago his 2nd covers LP, entitled VARSHONS II with versions by Dando and his band of songs by big names such as the Eagles, Lucinda Williams, Florida Georgia Line, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Yo La Tengo and more. A truly captivating collection of notable interpretations. Stream the winsome record here…


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THE LEMONHEADS Share Another Track From New Covers Album ‘VARSHONS II’…

Brand new sonic impulses

Almost ten years ago EVAN DANDO‘s THE LEMONHEADS released Varshons, their
9th longplayer. An album of covers from artists such as GG Allin, Wire, Leonard Cohen,
and Linda Perry, and with also guest performances from Liv Tyler, model Kate Moss and
guitarist John Perry of post-punk legends The Only Ones.

On 8 February 2019 the follow-up VARSHONS II will be out with versions of songs by famous names such as the Eagles, Lucinda Williams, Florida Georgia Line, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and an earlier revealed Yo La Tengo beauty. Also on the LP will this electrifying rendition of OLD MAN BLANK from British cult rockers The Bevis Frond (1985-present). Check it out right here…

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Tracklist:
Can’t Forget (Yo La Tengo) / Settled Down Like Rain (Jayhawks) / Old Man Blank (The Bevis Frond) / Things (Paul Westerberg) / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine) / Abandoned (Lucinda Williams) / Now And Then (Natural Child) / Magnet (NRBQ) / Round Here (Florida Georgia Line) / TAQN (The Eyes) / Unfamiliar (The GiveGoods) / Straight To You (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) / Take It Easy (The Eagles)

EVAN DANDO And THE LEMONHEADS Share First Track From Upcoming Covers Album ‘VARSHONS II’…

Brand new sonic impulses

29 October 2018

Almost ten years ago THE LEMONHEADS released their 9th studio album entitled
Varshons. A record of covers from artists such as GG Allin, Wire, Leonard Cohen, and
Linda Perry with guest performances from actress and Aerosmith frontman’s daughter
Liv Tyler and model Kate Moss and guitarist John Perry of legends The Only Ones playing
on five tracks.

On 8 February 2019 the follow-up covers LP VARSHONS II will be launched with versions by Dando and his band of songs by big names such as the Eagles, Lucinda Williams, Florida Georgia Line, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and one beauty from New Jersey veterans Yo La Tengo. Here’s the charming and tender CAN’T FORGET


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Tracklist:
Can’t Forget (Yo La Tengo) / Settled Down Like Rain (Jayhawks) / Old Man Blank (The Bevis Frond) / Things (Paul Westerberg) / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine) / Abandoned (Lucinda Williams) / Now And Then (Natural Child) / Magnet (NRBQ) / Round Here (Florida Georgia Line) / TAQN (The Eyes) / Unfamiliar (The GiveGoods) / Straight To You (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) / Take It Easy (The Eagles)

Splendid ‘COME ON FEEL THE LEMONHEADS’ Album Released 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

11 October 2018

Band: THE LEMONHEADS

Album: COME ON FEEL THE LEMONHEADS – sixth longplayer

Released: 12 October 1993 – 25 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “In many ways, it’s the most interesting record that the Lemonheads have released because it finds Dando confused about everything, particularly love, both for girls and drugs, and his burgeoning fame. There are moments of self-indulgence, whether it’s the aimless piano instrumental “The Jello Fund” or two versions of the drug-obsessed “Style,” yet they are as essential to the album’s desperate tone as the heartbreaking acoustic ballad of “Favorite T.” Between those two extremes is some of the finest power pop and country-rock Dando has ever written…” – Full review here – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Evan Dando‘s songwriting talent was much bigger than his looks. A thing the popular press only valued fully after they consumed the man’s personal persona first. Dando was a musical master in wrapping his troubled-mind-reflections into highly sticky and melodic pop, country & blues earworms. Magnificent album!

TOP TRACKS: Into Your Arms / It’s About Time / Style / Big Gay Heart

* INTO YOUR ARMSaffecting romanticism, jangly beauty

* IT’S ABOUT TIME – “It’s about time / Lick my lips / And I won’t hear the end of this

* STYLERockin’ out live

* BIG GAY HEARTGram Parsons’ country spirit

ALBUM in full…

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When Heartwarming Voices KIRSTY MACCOLL & EVAN DANDO Have A Perfect LOU REED Day…

‘Perfect Day’
Covered by KIRSTY MACCOLL & EVAN DANDO
Original by LOU REED

Just one of those rare, magical moments when two memorable artists come together
to cover a timeless classic of a legendary icon in an unforgettable, touching way. That’s what the gorgeous KIRSTY MACCOLL and Lemonheads troubadour EVAN DANDO did with PERFECT DAY, one of the highlights on LOU REED‘s 1972 album Transformer. They turned this reflective diamond into something really touching special. Dreamy, romantic and heartwarming. You actually can feel the wondrous sensation of a ‘perfect day’. And, yes, the fact that MacColl and Reed already left us for another universe colors this pearl exceptionally melancholic. I guess we should cherish every single day to come…

This cover was the closing track on Kirsty Maccoll‘s 1995 compilation LP, titled GALORE.


Original PERFECT DAY version on TRANSFORMER – Reed’s second album – 1972