the King and Eye

The Residents - the King and Eye

 

This year my daughter resurrected her home made Residents Halloween costume from a couple of years ago. I thought I would do the same. Today’s Runner is one of my favorites from the band.

In their 1989 release The King & Eye, rock’s premier avant-garde theatrical art band the Residents beg the question, “What was Elvis really the King of”? A collection of covers that take a radically different look and uncover the under belly of Rock & Roll’s greatest divine immortal icon. The answer is revealed (the baby king part 4) in the end.

“…we must never forget, that babies are good, and babies are strong, and babies are the best of everything.”

the King and Eye clocks in at just over 52 minutes.

Blue Suede Shoes
The Baby King, Pt. 1
Don’t Be Cruel
Heartbreak Hotel
All Shook Up
Return to Sender
The Baby King, Pt. 2
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
(You’re The) Devil in Disguise
Stuck on You
Big Hunk O’ Love
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I
The Baby King, Pt. 3
Little Sister
His Latest Flame
Burning Love
Viva Las Vegas
The Baby King, Pt. 4
Love Me Tender
The Baby King, Pt. 5
Hound Dog

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Edge Of Allegiance

 

In the last half of the 80’s and the first half of the 90’s the Austin based duo Timbuk 3 put out a string of albums, each one as good or better than the previous. Today’s Runner is their 1989 album Edge Of Allegiance.

Pat and Barbra MacDonald weave together harmonies that remind me of Richard and Linda Thompson, with a measure of pop and funk injected in the scanty honky-tonk sound. Of course where the Thompson’s sang around the heart break of their slowly disintegrating marriage, the MacDonald’s topic of choice centers around both personal and political observations in well crafted songs like Standard White Jesus, Grand Old Party, and National Holiday. With cleaver razor sharp wit and well placed hooks and grooves, Timbuk 3 has created a catalog of really great records in a short 10 year period of time. I’m not sure what happened to them. By the end of the 90’s they just seemed to disappear.

Perfect for our current political dilemma, Today’s Runner is Timbuk 3’s Edge Of Allegiance. Enjoy!

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Endless Summer

 

This was one of a handful or records my brother Chris owned, and like the Beatles version of Stars on 45, and that Neal Diamond album Hot August Night, he would play it over and over for hours and hours when we last shared a room in the house on Salem Blvd.

I haven’t listened to The Beach Boys in quit sometime, but I took this one on the run this morning, and it made it a lot fun. The songs are light and airy, a compilation taken from the band’s early surf records of the 60s. They immediately put me back there in that room, shared by 4 boys in two bunk beds with all the pushing and shoving, the dirty sock fights, laughing and late night talks . . . growing up.

This one is for you Chris. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

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Mind Games

 

Celebrating John Lennon’s 72nd birthday with a run to his 1973 collection of introspective ballads. Mind Games is a acoustic love letter (one of many) to Yoko Ono. The cover, a photo composite of the lyrics to Out the Blue, illustrates how small and lost Lennon felt without her. Later he would find out for real as they would separate during a turbulent time when Lennon fought deportation and the demons of drug and excess during his year and a half long “Lost Weekend”.

At just over 40 minutes Today’s Runner is 4 miles of reflection for both body and mind.

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Man Overboard

Ian Hunter-Man Overboard


The last stage of grief is acceptance. Hunter doesn’t toss up any answers. He merely suggests that life goes on. No one will mistake the love and loss he sings about to be that of a heart broken teenager, but rather that of a heart broken man in the later part of his life who remembers and can finally appreciate another time. A time built on the back of a working class.

Today’s Runner is Man Overboard. Enjoy.

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