Showing posts with label Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Show all posts

Monday, 7 February 2011

Mama help me - Edie Brickell and New Bohemians

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians released their 'difficult second album' in 1990. 'Ghost of a dog' was less accessible than their debut album 'Shooting rubberbands at the stars' (1988) and, as a result, failed to capture the imagination of the listening audiences worldwide.

The single 'Mama help me' was released around the same time as the album but was greeted with the same muted response. The band fell apart soon after, causing Edie Brickell to launch a solo career.

My collection: 7" single no. 5033
Found: Kringloop Juttersdok, Amsterdam, January 29, 2011
Cost: 0,25 euro
Tracks: 'Mama help me' / 'Oak cliff bra'

Sunday, 6 September 2009

A hard rain's a gonna fall - Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

'A hard rain's a gonna fall' was originally written by Bob Dylan in the summer of 1962. He recorded it in December of that year for his second album 'The freewheelin' Bob Dylan'. Some people have suggested that the refrain of the song refers to nuclear fallout, however Dylan disputes that this was a specific reference. Dylan responded to this in 1963: 'No, it's not [about] atomic rain, it's just a hard rain. It isn't the fallout rain. I mean some sort of end that's just gotta happen... In the last verse, when I say, 'the pellets of poison are flooding the waters', that means all the lies that people get told on their radios and in their newspapers.'

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians recorded a cover version of the song in 1989 for the soundtrack of the Oliver Stone movie 'Born on the fourth of July'. Their version was released as a single, which did not chart in Europe.

My collection: 7" single no. 1194
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, March 14, 1990
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'A hard rain's a gonna fall' / 'The early days, Massapequa, 1957' (John Williams)

Friday, 14 August 2009

Love like we do - Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Since my sister had bought the cd, I'd heard every track on the album 'Shooting rubberbands at the stars', the debut album by Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians. So when I saw this single during a holiday in London, I did not know it had been released, but I did know it was a nice track. And so I bought the single without blinking an eye.

'Love like we do' is another optimistic track from an already very optimistic album, and comes with a bonus non-album track. It was the third and last single from the album; it did not chart in the UK and Europe.

My collection: 7" single no. 1077
Found: HMV, London, October 19, 1989
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'Love like we do' / 'Plain Jane'

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Circle - Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

I was happily surprised when the two most favourite tracks of Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians' debut album ended up on this single. 'Circle' is a beautiful melodic song, whereas 'Now' is full of atmospherics and tension.

I was even happier when I bumped into this limited edition box set, containing the single and a large poster, showing members of the band in various video stills. For some reason, no matter what the contents, these single box sets always remind me of Christmas.

My collection: 7" single no. 2346
Found: Record fair, 1991
Cost: 10 guilders
Tracks: 'Circle' / 'Now'

Sunday, 12 July 2009

What I am - Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Edie Brickell attended high school at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, and then attended Southern Methodist University for a year and a half. In 1985 she made the decision one night in a bar to get up on stage with a local folk rock group, New Bohemians. She joined the band as lead singer and the group became Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Their 1988 debut album 'Shooting rubberbands at the stars' became a critical and commercial success.

The album's first single 'What I am' was written by Edie Brickell and Kenny Withrow. It peaked at number 31 in the United Kingdom, while reaching number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This limited edition single box set contained the 7" single and an illustrated poster with all the song lyrics from the album.

My collection: 7" single no. 2394
Found: London, July 6, 1995
Cost: 6 pounds
Tracks: 'What I am' / 'I do'

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