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The Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray flac album

Performer: The Lemonheads
Title: It's a Shame About Ray
Style: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock,Alternative Pop/Rock,Alternative/Indie Rock,Punk-Pop
Duration: 29:46
Location: Cherokee REcording Studios, Hollywood, CA
Relesed: June 2, 1992
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 529
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It's a Shame About Ray is the fifth album by American alternative rock band The Lemonheads. It was released on June 2, 1992. Tom Morgan of Australian band Smudge helped author the album, The Robb Brothers produced, and Juliana Hatfield played bass and sang backing vocals on some songs

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It's A Shame About Ray, their fourth release, was the album that pushed the band into the spotlight, after a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs Robinson" that was recorded to coincide with the release of The Graduate (with Dustin Hoffman) onto video. The cover is fun but sounds rushed. It's the longest, weakest song on the album and was only added to the re-released version of the album. It's in stark contrast to the opening track, "Rockin' Stroll". But by their next release Come On Feel The Lemonheads Dando was combating his addiction and the band's popularity had peaked. Talk about wasted talent. Luckily Dando is still writing and touring and back from the dark side. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.

Tracklist: 1. Rockin’ Stroll, 2. Confetti, 3. It’s A Shame About Ray, 4. Rudderless, 5. My Drug Buddy, 6. The Turnpike Down, 7. Bit Part, 8. Alison’s Starting To Happen, 9. Hannah & Gabi, 10. Kitchen, 11. Ceiling Fan In My Spoon, 12. Frank Mills, 13. Mrs. Robinson. 3. It’s A Shame About Ray.

The 90’s have been over for a very very long time and this album is just about 20 years old. It’s a bit shocking to know how much this has aged, and yet remain a classic

It’s not always easy to remember these things: in 1992, did It’s A Shame About Ray sound quite so poignant, so tender, so presciently damaged? If memory serves, we all jumped on this, Evan Dando’s fifth Lemonheads album, as a sort of exuberant and charming riposte to grunge. Dando had gradually steered his brattish Boston punk band into becoming a rough-edged powerpop outfit. Compared with, say, Alice In Chains, the Lemonheads certainly sounded fun, if not quite the lightweights they were portrayed as in the wake of that ill-advised dash through Mrs Robinson

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Rockin Stroll Evan Dando The Lemonheads 1:47
2 Confetti Evan Dando The Lemonheads 2:44
3 It's a Shame About Ray Evan Dando / Tom Morgan The Lemonheads 3:06
4 Rudderless Evan Dando The Lemonheads 3:19
5 My Drug Buddy Evan Dando The Lemonheads 2:51
6 The Turnpike Down Evan Dando The Lemonheads 2:33
7 Bit Part Evan Dando / Tom Morgan The Lemonheads 1:51
8 Alison's Starting to Happen Evan Dando The Lemonheads 1:59
9 Hannah & Gabi Evan Dando The Lemonheads 2:40
10 Kitchen Nic Dalton The Lemonheads 2:55
11 Ceiling Fan in My Spoon Evan Dando The Lemonheads 1:48
12 Frank Mills Galt MacDermot / James Rado / Gerome Ragni The Lemonheads 1:44
13 Mrs. Robinson Paul Simon The Lemonheads 3:43


Jeff Baxter - Guitar
Nic Dalton - Composer
Evan Dando - Composer, Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Dee - Engineer
Juliana Hatfield - Bass, Vocals (Background)
The Lemonheads - Primary Artist
Galt MacDermot - Composer
Tom Morgan - Composer
Jesse Peretz - Photography
James Rado - Composer
Gerome Ragni - Composer
Scott Ralston - Assistant Engineer
The Robb Bros - Producer
The Robb Brothers - Producer
Bruce Robb - Engineer, Producer
Dee Robb - Engineer, Producer
Joe Robb - Engineer, Producer
Jodi Rovin - Art Direction
David Ryan - Drums
Scott C. Schulman - Photography
Martha "Zep Mom" Schultz - Production Coordination
Paul Simon - Composer
Bill Smith - Assistant Engineer
Julian Standen - Producer
Reviews (5)
One the THE classic alternative albums of the nineties, perfectly capturing the essence of the times. Indie rock gold from start to finish, with flashes of punk, grunge, country, and folk. Truly a college rock masterpiece.

This record is not a moment too long nor a moment too short. How many can you say that about?

A poppy, catchy release that captures the musical spirit of the time quite well. Dando shines in his lead while Juliana Hatfield lends terrific support on bass and backing vox. This would have made a real splash had it been released during the US New Wave period. Regardless, it stands the test of time and sounds as fresh as it did on first listen.

This album is non-stop fun. It’s what music should be, instant hooks built with memorable songs and vocals. My only complaint was the attention their cover of Mrs. Robinson got because it overshadowed what a talented writer Evan Dando was. The title track is even fun and that’s the lone “slow” tune here. Get this!

If you listen Mr Robinson from Simon & Garfunkel and Mr Robinson from Lemonheads, you'll listen the difference!. Simon & Garfunkel's version is accoustic!, and Lemonheads' version has a rock style!

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