Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Further Embarrassment

Here's a great article from a Lawrence, KS newspaper with links to VIDEOS for the Embarrassment's songs "Celebrity Art Party", "Don't Choose the Wrong Song", and "I'm a Don Juan", plus MORE mp3's. Get 'em all! This band is going to be BIG, I tell you. They... I'm sorry, what?

Reports from fans who attended the Embarrassment reunion shows were full of superlatives. The Mortal Micronotz were the surprise opening band in Lawrence. The Embos closed with covers of "Pushing Too Hard" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog". The good news for those of us who couldn't attend is that the documentary film should be complete by the end of this year, and there will probably be a two DVD set with the doc on one disc and music videos and live stuff from this past weekend (and earlier) on the second disc. Also, the Embarrassment website will have CD's and shirts for sale some time soon.

Today I'm posting another song from the Embarrassment's last reunion album, God Help Us (1990). Beautiful Day demonstrates the positively goofy sense of humor that the band members shared, plus it features a soaring chorus and great guitar work from the perennially underrated Bill Goffrier.

I can't listen to "Beautiful Day" without wanting to hear I Want More from Vortex, the final album from Beantown underdogs Christmas (who were calling themselves "the Christmas" at this point). I don't care for Martin Bisi's production on the album, but this uplifting song shines anyway. Liz Cox and Michael Cudahy have such a talent for harmonizing, which they also featured in their next band, Combustible Edison. Listen to these two songs, and have a beautiful day!

Did you miss my contest yesterday? It was cleverly designed for minimum exposure (no mp3's for Hype or readers). Fool that I am... Anyway, there's plenty of time to enter. Vote early and often!


At 8/23/2006 5:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a scan looks like a great article.

But I couldn't get either the mp3s or the videos to work.

I finally got "Heyday" a few weeks ago. Great stuff!.

I'm a Don Juan

At 8/24/2006 9:26 AM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Hey, Don Juan! Too bad about the videos. We may have to wait for the DVD to see them. Heyday is great stuff, enjoy!

At 8/24/2006 9:57 AM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Here are instructions from the Embos mailing list on how to get the videos to play: You must press the spacebar when the Quicktime logo appears and you must click on the single > on the left side at the bottom of the Quicktime screen. (Normally, you do not have to click the > on Quicktime videos. They simply start right up.)

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