Let us maintain this momentum, shall we? Here are 8 stories behind the band’s hits that the Manila audience will most likely hear this coming Thursday at Whitespace Makati. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, perhaps this list could conjure up some excitement and change your mind!
Pinoy associatin: There’s a Filipino band called Hannah+Gabi, a side project of Mikey Amistoso, the frontman of independent band Cuidad, who is actually going to open for The Lemonheads on December 4!
In one interview, Dando said that the album “was a niche in time when things weren’t so bad, it was historically a mellow time.” He added, “we had the good songs; people just liked our music, it was great. It’s fun to play the songs as an album. It is a good album, it’s a coherent album, it doesn’t give me any negative feelings. It makes a lot of people happy.” Dando said that this entire album is all about Sydney, which bring us to the next item…
In an interview, Morgan told the story of how “Ray” came to be: “We used to stay up all night and walk around and talk, and just sort of make up funny lines that could be used in a song, or a weird song title. It was sort of more the drugs talking. We just went back to the house I was living in, in Sydney, and the guitar that I had only had five strings on it. And we went back and started playing around with words and Evan had this chord progression and we wrote Shame About Ray that morning.”
In a 2009 interview, Dando said that they recorded the song for the movie’s 25th anniversary, to get kids to like it. “I never would have done that song. I hate that song. I hate Paul Simon,” he said. Art Garfunkel, however, reportedly gave it a positive review.
If the band plays this at the Manila show, we all should consider ourselves lucky. Dando has stopped playing this one many years ago.
Other covers done by the band include “$1000 Wedding,” originally by Gram Parsons, “Learning the Game” by Buddy Holly, and “Live Forever” by Oasis (Dando and Noel Gallagher used to collaborate).
In a 2010 interview with New York Magazine, Hatfield said: “Have you ever seen that movie Leaving Las Vegas?” she asks. “Evan and I are kind of like Elisabeth Shue and Nicolas Cage.” Dando nods, then asks, “Wait, are you a hooker?”
Watch the video. A dancing Evan Dando with a half ponytail is really all you ‘ll ever need to get through the wait.
The Lemonheads will play at Whitespace, Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati on December 4, 2014. Opening bands include Cuidad and Itchyworms. Show starts at 7pm.
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