The Lemonheads’ two biggest hits were versions of other people’s songs, so news about the band’s forthcoming covers collection is not too surprising. What is surprising is that Evan Dando & Co. have signed with Brooklyn’s The End Records, an indie metal label, after only one album on Vagrant. The new comp’s called VARSHONS and was produced by Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes. Also surprising: it includes Liv Tyler singing backup on a Leonard Cohen song.
From the band’s site:
It makes sense that the new album from The Lemonheads sounds like a mix tape slipped to you by a music-obsessed friend anxious to turn you on to something new. In fact, the idea for the band’s new covers record was inspired by Gibby Haynes, ringmaster of the Butthole Surfers, who for years has made mixes for his longtime friend Evan Dando. “Making a good mix is an art, and Gibby has it down,” says Dando. “I thought it would be fun to share these songs with other people like he shared them with me. So I picked the ‘greatest hits’ from his mixes and covered them, along with a few other songs I always wanted to play.”
Here’s the tracklist:
01 “I Just Can’t Take It Anymore” (Gram Parsons)
02 “Fragile” (Wire)
03 “Layin’ Up With Linda” (G.G. Allin)
04 “Waiting Around To Die” (Townes Van Zandt)
05 “Green Fuz” (Randy Alvey & Green Fuz)
06 “Yesterlove” (Sam Gopal)
07 “Dirty Robot” v/ Kate Moss (Arling & Cameron)
08 “Dandelion Seeds” (July)
09 “Mexico” (Fuckemos)
10 “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” f/ Liv Tyler (Leonard Cohen)
11 “Beautiful” (Linda Perry)
Yep, Kate Moss is on it too.
VARSHONS is out 6/23 on The End, and that’s the album cover at the top of this post.