Varshons

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Inspirations rarely come more inspired than Gibby Haynes, the leader of the Butthole Surfers. For years, Gibby slipped Evan Dando mixtapes, and the Lemonheads leader pays tribute with Varshons, a covers album largely consisting of songs from those cassettes and produced by Haynes. At first glance this pairing might seem odd, but Gibby and Evan are both old hardcore punks with a taste for the strange. Evan may have crossed over more than Gibby, who made a career out of odd, but he never quite abandoned weirdness, with even Come on Feel the Lemonheads collapsing in the murk of "The Jello Fund." All the same, Varshons is easily the strangest Lemonheads record in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Inspirations rarely come more inspired than Gibby Haynes, the leader of the Butthole Surfers. For years, Gibby slipped Evan Dando mixtapes, and the Lemonheads leader pays tribute with Varshons, a covers album largely consisting of songs from those cassettes and produced by Haynes. At first glance this pairing might seem odd, but Gibby and Evan are both old hardcore punks with a taste for the strange. Evan may have crossed over more than Gibby, who made a career out of odd, but he never quite abandoned weirdness, with even Come on Feel the Lemonheads collapsing in the murk of "The Jello Fund." All the same, Varshons is easily the strangest Lemonheads record in maybe two decades and it's not so coincidentally one of their best, perched between the ragged, formless mess of their earliest records and Dando's enduring love for sweetly weathered country-rock. Gram Parsons, Evan's longtime idol, surfaces on Varshons, as does Townes Van Zandt, but a truer indication of the sun-warped spirit of the album lies in how the Lemonheads revamp Wire's "Fragile" into country-rock or how scum-rocker G.G. Allin's "Layin' Up with Linda" is given a murder ballad revision that resonates. But Varshons isn't all country -- there's a thick layer of Texas psychedelic haze, a rather ingenious take on Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," a duet with Liv Tyler on Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye," and, popping out of nowhere, a stiff new wave workout called "Dirty Robot" featuring Kate Moss on lead vocals. This sense of adventure ties Varshons to those earliest Lemonheads records, but the group marries that spirit to Dando's exceptionally intuitive interpretive skills, turning the album into a bit of a rough, unpolished gem.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: The End Records
  • UPC: 654436013723
  • Catalog Number: 137
  • Sales rank: 147,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Just Can't Take It Anymore (3:01)
  2. 2 Fragile (1:19)
  3. 3 Layin' Up with Linda (2:17)
  4. 4 Waiting Around to Die (2:22)
  5. 5 The Green Fuz (2:48)
  6. 6 Yesterlove (4:30)
  7. 7 Dirty Robot - Kate Moss (2:53)
  8. 8 Dandelion Seeds (3:31)
  9. 9 New Mexico (3:41)
  10. 10 Hey, Thats No Way to Say Goodbye - Liv Tyler (3:04)
  11. 11 Beautiful (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Lemonheads Primary Artist
Chris Brokaw Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Evan Dando Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Vocoder, Omnichord
Gibby Haynes Vocals, Background Vocals
Daniel Rey Bass
Adam Taylor Keyboards
Ian Kennedy Violin
Anthony Saffery Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar
Liv Tyler Vocals
LonPaul Ellrich Vibes
Trisha Scotti Background Vocals
Devon Ashley Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Blake Flemming Drums
John Frederick Perry Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Grant Smith & the Power Tabla, Bells
Elizabeth Moses Background Vocals
Kate Moss Vocals
Vess VonRuhtenberg Bass
Oliver Saffery Leslie Pedal
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Colin Newman Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Bruce Gilbert Composer
Graham Lewis Composer
Tom Newman Composer
Evan Dando Art Direction
Robert Gotobed Composer
Gibby Haynes Producer, Audio Production, Introduction
Linda Perry Composer
Daniel Rey Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Ian Willis Composer
Mike Joyce Art Direction
Adam Taylor Programming, Engineer
Fuckemos Composer
Ian Kennedy Mastering
Kevin Oberlin Management
Gerry Arling Composer
Anthony Saffery Programming, Engineer
LonPaul Ellrich Engineer
Richard Cameron Composer
Ian Tong Cover Photo
Mark Dagley Cover Painting
Alex Hartman Engineer
Matt Boynton Engineer
John Frederick Perry Feedback
Vess VonRuhtenberg Engineer
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