Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Win a CD from Bloodshot!

Thanks to the generosity of Bloodshot Records, this blog is kicking off its first contest. I have two shiny new Bloodshot releases to give away: Graveyard Shift by Scott H. Biram, and Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse by the Meat Purveyors.

You may have heard that the Meat Purveyors have "gone electric" on their new release. About half of the songs feature electric guitar, and guest musicians provide piano and pedal steel. The Meat Purveyors cover songs by the Human League, Foreigner, the Monkees and Loretta Lynn.

Scott H. Biram is a one man band from Austin, Texas. Maybe you heard his 2005 release, The Dirty Old One Man Band. Maybe you read the very complimentary review that his new album received in the latest issue of Stomp and Stammer. It's not a record for folks who can't abide criticisms of organized religion. Nor is it for those listeners whose appetite is not whetted by the description "psychobilly gospel".

So here's the contest: I will mail these two CD's to the Underneathica reader who suggests the most songs about eating disorders. Song titles that include the words anorexia, anorexic, anorectic, bulimia, or bulimic don't count, because they're too easy to look up.

I don't mean to make light of the pain experienced by people with eating disorders (or the people who love them). But I recently started a list of songs about eating disorders, and I'm looking for more. The most famous is probably "4st. 7lb." by the Manic Street Preachers. "Beetroot" by the Mekons contains the couplet, "Now you've got anorexia nervosa/ We'll have to sleep a little closer." There's "A Knife and a Fork" by Rockpile, "Adam's Ribs" by You Am I, and "Ventura" by Lucinda Williams. How many more can you think of? Email them to me at manyjars@gmail.com. The contest will end on August 31st.

ADDENDUM: I should have done a google search before I wrote this. I honestly didn't know that ILM had a thread on this topic last month. So the following songs aren't eligible, since they were submitted to that thread: "Binge and Purge" by the Lunachicks; "Me and Mia" by Ted Leo; "Paper Bag" by Fiona Apple; "Ana's Song" by Silverchair; and "Tunic" by Sonic Youth. Next time I'll do a simpler contest!


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