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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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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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


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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Big gay heart

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Memorable moments in sonic history!…


‘It’s a Shame About Ray’

Fifth album
Released: 2 June 1992
25 years ago

Probably the best LP by enfant terrible
Evan Dando & band…

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And released just last Friday: deluxe reissue of Dando’s
2003 debut album BABY I’M BORED. Stream/buy here…

10 Big Singles Turning 25 In… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!


10 Smashing singles released in 1992, turning 25 in 2017.
Here’s some timeless magic. Start the jukebox!…

1/’Motorcycle Emptiness’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Best track from double debut album Generation Terrorists
Released: 1 June 1992

2/’Creep’ by RADIOHEAD
“But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo” – monumental debut single from ‘Pablo Honey‘…
Released: 21 September 1992

3/ ‘Reverence’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
“I wanna die just like Jesus Christ” – from ‘Honey’s Head‘ LP…
Released: March 1992

4/ ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’ by PJ HARVEY
From Dry album & inspired by the Sheela na gig statues…
Released: February 1992

5/ ‘The Drowners’ by SUEDE
The glam rockers’ spectacular debut single…
Released: 11 May 1992

6/ ‘Drive’ by R.E.M.
Melancholic masterpiece from ‘Automatic For The People‘ album…
Released: 1 October 1992

7/ ‘Jump Around’ by HOUSE OF PAIN
Jump Jump Jump Jump Jump Jump Jump – Hip Hop at its bouncy best…
Released: 5 May 1992

8/ ‘Connected’ by STEREO MC’S
Title track & dance floor killer from their 3rd longplayer…
Released: September 1992

9/’Pretend We’re Dead’ by L7
Released: April 1992
When the all female Detroit grunge punks went catchy – on ‘Bricks Are Heavy’ album…

10/ ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ by THE LEMONHEADS
Vintage Evan Dando pop cut from the same titled album…
Released: June 1992


10 Memorable Albums Turning 25 in… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!


Here are 10 memorable albums released in 1992, turning 25 in 2017. Ten big ones that, for different reasons, had an impressive impact back then & still sound monumental today…

1/ ‘Magic And Loss’ by LOU REED
Inspired by the deaths of two close friends. Heartbreaking observations about illness, pain and mortality. Not an easy listening LP, not an easy one to write either. Deeply affecting…
‘Magic And Loss’ on Spotify
Release date: 14 January 1992 – his 16th album

2/ ‘Generation Terrorists’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Their (double) debut LP didn’t sell 9 million copies as predicted but the Manics slashed and burned big time & made it loudly clear to all that they weren’t a one-noisy-album-wonder…
‘Generation Terrorists’ on Spotify
Release date: 10 February 1992

3/ ‘Code: Selfish’ by THE FALL
Techno influenced guitars, electronic dance rhythms and Mark E. Smith on harsh corrosive and visionary mode. Spectacular! Included one of their rare hit singles with ‘Free Range’.
‘Code: Selfish’ on You Tube
Release date: 23 March 1992 – 14th The Fall album

4/ ‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ by SPIRITUALIZED
After psychedelia explorers Spaceman 3 broke up Jason Pierce came back with a new band and a most innovative dream-pop album. Spacey symphonies to get completely lost in…
‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ on Spotify
Release date: 30 March 1992

5/ ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ by PAVEMENT
Californian frontman Stephen Malkmus’ homemade sonic dreams sounded messy, out
of tune, rough and damn cool. Glorious debut album that changed indie rock radically…
‘Slanted and Enchanted’ on Spotify
Release date: 20 April 1992

6/ ‘Henry’s Dream’ by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Australian legend and his fab cohorts explored love, lust and death as never before. Drama from start to finish as only Nick Cave can orchestrate so intensely and powerfully.
‘Henry’s Dream’ on Spotify
Release date: 27 April 1992 – 7th album by Cave & his Seeds

7/ ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ by THE LEMONHEADS
Jingle jangle pop brilliance with a catchy & punky edge. Evan Dando on his way to stardom!
‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ on Spotify
Release date: 2 June 1992 – their 5th album

8/ ‘Bone Machine’ by TOM WAITS
An ominous masterpiece about the fragility and the decay of human life by the poetic punk howler. Dismal in content, rattling in tone, fervid in vocal scariness. To the bone!…
Bone Machine on Spotify
Release date: 8 September 1992 – the legend’s 10th LP

9/ ‘Automatic For The People’ by R.E.M.
A gloomy magnum opus for heart and soul. Timeless, epic songwriting as we know it…
‘Automatic For The People’ on Spotify
Release date: 5 October 1992 –  their 8th longplayer

10/ ‘Rage Against the Machine’ by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
A smashing ‘fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me’ debut LP. Furious, metallic rap protest…
‘Rage Against The Machine’ on Spotify
Release date: 3 November 1992




‘Car Button Cloth’ by THE LEMONHEADS


For some (obvious) reasons EVAN DANDO, frontman of THE LEMONHEADS reminded
me frequently of the late country legend Gram Parsons. Because both were highly cute
in appearance, highly talented as singer-songwriters and highly hooked on drugs and alcohol. Two destructive characters loved by many for their heart & soul touching songs. Parsons, unfortunately, died – only 27 – on 19 September 1973 after a lethal combination of alcohol & morfine. Boston troubadour Dando, luckily enough for him, despite serious health problems caused by his huge appetite for all sorts of dangerous hallucinogens he could get his hands on, survived after many falls and rises and still performs now & then.


Enough about evil things, I’m here to celebrate the 20th birthday of The Lemonheads‘ seventh album, released on 14 October 1996. A raw, unpolished, almost masterpiece record to my ears. On CAR BUTTON CLOTH Dando did what he did so gloriously good
at the time: picking up his guitar and playing catching and moving jingle jangle songs like
Mr. Tambourine Man used to do. He created gripping melodies to wrap his everything-is-broken stories (gems like Losing Your Mind, Break Me and Hospital) in. He used pop, blues, country, just any vibe that suited his troubled-mind-reflections to express his pain, his fear, his doubt, his love & hate and his mental disorder. “Tired, tired, tie a knot and try to untie it / Just can’t decide if I should lie / Or tell the truth and try to hide it” he murmured on Losing Your Mind . It said a lot about his chaotic behaviour, exploited viciously by greedy press sharks.
I don’t wake up with a sudden start, but with empty arms and a broken heart” is a loud and clear line of It’s All True, the opening track. I experienced (and still do) Car Button Cloth as a public scream for help by somebody who knew he messed up, but who still cared. Admit it, many of us like that kind of rock and roll exorcism, as long there’s a happy end, of course. Because hurt souls are capable of producing awesome music drenched with recognizable emotions and human drama. There are plenty of examples available, then and now. Oh, yes, I just said almost masterpiece because near the end of the album his voice – tortured by anything he smoked and/or swallowed, I suppose – lost direction sometimes in a way that it affected the momentum of some songs. Maybe, he was too tired or too intoxicated (and the producer probably fell asleep too) to get back to those very moments. I actually wonder what really happened back there, back then, in the studio. Anyway, I played the whole album three times in a row – yes, I was forgotten how immensely touching it was – and I selected (a difficult process), three top tracks…




Here’s the cutting longplayer in full…

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Come on, feel Lou Reed…


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I love the cool ‘I just sing what I like‘ attitude of Australian singer-songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT. Her two albums, so far, prove she’s a damn good composer and an enthralling storyteller. No wonder she’s a huge fan of troubled Boston troubadour Evan Dando and his Lemonheads who released some excellent alt pop albums in the nineties. Barnett is particularly fond of their 1993 LP Come On Feel The Lemonheads. Her own performance of touching love track BEING AROUND is just enchanting…

If I was in the fridge, would you open the door?
If I was the grass, would you mow your lawn?
If I was your body, would you still wear clothes?
If I was a booger, would you blow your nose?
Would you keep it? Would you eat it?
I’m just tryin to give myself a reason, for being around.

If I was the front porch swing would you let me hang?
If I was the dance floor would you shake your thing?
If I was a rubber check would you let me bounce
Up and down inside your bank account?
Would ya trust me, not to break you?
I’m just tryin really hard to make you,
notice me being around.

If I was a haircut would you wear a hat?
If I was a maid, could I clean your flat?
If I was the carpet would ya wipe your feet,
In time to save me from mud off the street?
If you like me, if you love me,
why don’t you get down on your knees
and scrub me?
I’m a little grubby
From being around.