On the Blank Generation

On the Blank Generation

by Little Jack Melody
     
 

On their debut album, Little Jack Melody and The Young Turks establish the solid beginnings of what has come be their trademark style. This includes a careful production of tightly orchestrated wind instrument arrangements, featuring the tuba. Transposed over the music are quirky, but well organized lyrics that…  See more details below

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On their debut album, Little Jack Melody and The Young Turks establish the solid beginnings of what has come be their trademark style. This includes a careful production of tightly orchestrated wind instrument arrangements, featuring the tuba. Transposed over the music are quirky, but well organized lyrics that turn everyday events and ideas into surreal dreamscapes. The same set of instruments is used in a variety of genres. Musical styles range from early-'60s lounge (as in "Happily Ever After," a jazzy lounge take on the Adam and Eve story, played out in a Rat Pack movie of the era, and featuring Frank Sinatra as the man upstairs), oompa band music (such as "Switzerland," in which strong dissatisfaction with that so-called "holey cheese" they produce, finally leads to a military confrontation in that neutral county), and tango (as in "Tango," a metaphor about a dysfunctional romance), plus waltzes and more. The slow, deliberate vocal delivery contributes to the detached, otherworldly feel.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1994
Label:
CARPE DIEM
UPC:
0009323100824
catalogNumber:
31008

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Tracks

  1. Babylon  - Little Jack Melody
  2. Happily Ever After (West of Eden)  - Little Jack Melody
  3. Switzerland  - Little Jack Melody
  4. The Dance Lesson  - Little Jack Melody
  5. Song of Ishmael  - Little Jack Melody
  6. Beethoven Song  - Little Jack Melody
  7. A Waltz in Springfield, Missouri  - Little Jack Melody
  8. On the Blank Generation (The Cake Song)  - Little Jack Melody
  9. Lock up Your Daughters  - Little Jack Melody
  10. Johnny Champion Visits Our Lady of Revenge  - Little Jack Melody

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Jack Melody   Primary Artist,Banjo,Percussion,Bass (Vocal),Harmonium,Vocals
Aileen and Elkin Thomas   Background Vocals
Kim Corbet   Trombone
Carl Finch   Percussion,Background Vocals
Bubba Hernandez   Tenor (Vocal)
Gale Hess   Violin
Mitch Marine   Drums
Jeff Barnes   Clarinet,Percussion,Cornet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone (Vocal)
Dave Dorbin   Tuba
Mark Spicer   Harmonium
Julie Carter   Alto (Vocal)
Steve Calhoon   Percussion,Drums
Doug Frantz   Percussion,Snare Drums
Lee Schloss   Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Carl Finch   Producer
Terry Slemmons   Engineer
Jeff Barnes   Vocal Arrangements
Doug Frantz   Arranger

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