Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

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Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

Postby pcqgod » 12 Aug 2015, 17:19

Camper Van Beethoven’s 1985 debut Telephone Free Landslide Victory was split between absurdist singalong numbers such as “Take the Skinheads Bowling” and “Where the Hell is Bill,” sometimes going over into punk (parody) and 60’s garage psych territory….



…and songs displaying a respectable knowledge of various folk traditions.





Subsequent albums would see the band continue to dabble in everything from country/western to polka to Eastern European folk forms. 1988’s Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, their major label debut saw the first full flowering of singer David Lowery’s songwriting, displaying his offbeat and increasingly cynical observations.





The band finally achieved a minor hit with a cover of “Pictures of Matchstick Men” from their darkest album to date Key Lime Pie in 1989 and that was basically that except for a one-off reunion album years later.




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Re: Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

Postby Rayge » 12 Aug 2015, 17:25

You don't need authorization, Robert, have at it. I've added it to the list
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Re: Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

Postby hookfinger » 12 Aug 2015, 19:32

Revolutionary Sweetheart is one on of my all time favorite records. Much better than Key Lime Pie. Also saw them in a bar one where they played right on the floor, no stage. They played for close to 3 hours, taking an intermission. Excellent show.
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Re: Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

Postby pcqgod » 12 Aug 2015, 20:10

hookfinger wrote:Revolutionary Sweetheart is one on of my all time favorite records. Much better than Key Lime Pie. Also saw them in a bar one where they played right on the floor, no stage. They played for close to 3 hours, taking an intermission. Excellent show.


I saw them play a show where the power went out and they had to finish on acoustic instruments. Perfect!
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Re: Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

Postby Rayge » 20 Mar 2018, 14:44

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Re: Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

Postby Dayodead » 20 Mar 2018, 15:08

Actually, they have released four albums since Key Lime Pie, all pretty respectable:

Tusk (2002)
New Roman Times (2004)
La Costa Perdida (2013)
El Camino Real (2014)

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Re: Unauthorized Beyond BCB 130: Camper Van Beethoven

Postby pcqgod » 20 Mar 2018, 21:05

Dayodead wrote:Actually, they have released four albums since Key Lime Pie, all pretty respectable:

Tusk (2002)
New Roman Times (2004)
La Costa Perdida (2013)
El Camino Real (2014)


I did know about the 'Tusk' thing.
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