Monday, June 09, 2008
The Wayback Machine
What better way to start off a week than with a bit of trippin'..? Thru' time!
Today's Guest hails from Chicago and has been putting out psychedelic music, off and on, for 15 years: Greg Curvey of The Luck of Eden Hall!
Their 1993 debut, Belladonna Marmalade garnered widespread praise and interest. Once again we turn to the estimable Phil McMullen, who wrote this in his Ptolemaic Terrascope:
"Chicago is also coincidentally home to a band called The Luck of Eden Hall who have impressed me greatly with their album 'Belladonna Marmalade' (a CD on Walrus Records, no address shown) which our man on the spot Bruce Pates kindly sent in. Their first 45 was on Limited Potential (as was fellow Chicagoans The Smashing Pumpkins's) and they followed it up with a collection called 'Under The Sea' - but 'Belladonna Marmalade' (which is where I came in) is the works alright; exotic guitar pieces, great songs, a dash of mysticicm and a whole basketful of psychedelic nuances which all come to a head on 'Mariead' in particular, and which are reflected in the gloriously trippy sleeve-art. I'd go so far as to risk upsetting an awful lot of Terrascope readers by saying I could stomach hearing a lot more of The Luck of Eden Hall than I could the Pumpkins themselves, who I humbly consider sounded 'corporate' even before they became so; anyway the challange has been thrown down for those of you who'd care to take it up. Just remember where you read of them first."
After a hiatus of 10+ years, including a sojourn to India, Greg & Co. returned with Subterrene, of which Simon Lewis of the Terrascope had this to say:
"Consistently strong throughout, fans of Tyrnaround, Dukes Of Stratosphear, Reefus Moon, or Bevis Frond will not be disappointed, as the album is a hook-laden psych-pop classic with a wonderfully rich and warm production that tumbles out of the speakers with lysergic glee."
Both albums available here!
So, where's Greg going once he's dialed in?
You've been given a one-time opportunity to use The Wayback Machine; what band would you like to see, in what year, and what song would you most want to see them play?
Greg: eenie meenie minee moe...
Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsys, 1968. I would like to see them playing just about anything, but, how about 'Easy Rider' and only under the condition that it would be my first time again, meaning I would not be aware of what I was about to partake in. I would like it to be a jaw dropping experience......Okay, then Alice Cooper...
Thanks Greg! Safe journeys!
Of Edenhall, the youthful Lord
Bids sound the festal trumpet's call;
He rises at the banquet board,
And cries, 'mid the drunken revellers all,
Now bring me the Luck of Edenhall! -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow