Saturday, 26 November 2011

Something's under the bed Now it's out in the hedge There's a big black crow sitting on my window ledge And I hear something scratching through the wall

Quick Hit

“Goodnight Moon” by Shivaree (1999)

The band name, ‘Shivaree’ came for the French term ‘shiveree’ which is a raucous newlywed tradition most commonly occurring along the Mississippi river. The neighbours wait for the dark of night when the couple is hopefully asleep and then armed with pots and pans and noisemakers, make a ruckus that could raise the dead. When the couple gets up they invade their home, make coffee and expect the couple to feed them, sometimes leaving a bit of a mess just for fun.

The band, Ambrosia Parsley (vocals), Danny McGough (keyboard) and Duke McVinnie (guitar) came together in 1997 and often collaborated with other in the studio and in live performances. Their first album “I Oughta Give You a Shot in the Head for Making Me Live In this Dump” was released in 1999. It spawned the hit “Goodnight Moon” which was also on the Kill Bill soundtrack (2) and was featured in the TV series Dawson Creek. The beautifully haunting irrational journey of someone afraid of being alone is brilliantly done- musically and lyrically.

Their third album, “Who’s Got Trouble” includes “I Close My Eyes” which continued the haunting and southern-sounding French-influenced song-weaving.   

They actually have produced 4 albums but only 3 were released in the U.S. due to a contract dispute with their record label, their final album in 2007 a mix of cover songs titled “Tainted Love: Mating calls and Fight songs”.  They have sold over 500,000 albums... so far...

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