Music Library: Grant McLennan, Grateful Dead, Grayson & Whittier, Great Northern, Great Unwashed, Green On Red, Green Slime, Greenskeepers
Grant McLennan - Watershed (1991), Fireboy (1994), Horsebreaker Star (1995), and In Your Bright Ray (1997). As I wrote last week when talking about The Go-Betweens, Grant McLennan was the poppier of the two songwriters. As my pal Gary pointed out, the Go-Betweens showed how much they needed each other with their lackluster solo albums. It's not that these are terrible albums. Well, Watershed is kind of a terrible album. But there's not much going for them, either. Fireboy has a pleasant enough acoustic feel. Horsebreaker Star is about twice as long as it needs to be. In Your Bright Ray is the best of these albums, but that doesn't make it a great album. I feel bad about insulting the work of a guy whose work I admire and indeed love, but there isn't much on these to recommend to any but fans. The best-of Intermission that came out a few years back probably has as much solo McLennan as even the more interested fans might need.
Grayson & Whittier - "Ommie Wise." Speaking of old-timey folk music that would crop up in Grateful Dead parking lots, this is a version of a great old murder ballad in which (uh, spoiler?) poor little Ommie/Omie Wise is murdered at Adams' Spring.
Great Northern - "Home." A free iTunes giveaway some years back. I'd heard Great Northern on the KEXP live music podcast and this was the best song they played. I should get around to checking out the rest of the album sometime.
Green On Red - Gas Food Lodging (1985). Delightful early alt-country-ish post-punk album. Chuck Prophet is on guitar for this one.
The Green Slime - "The Green Slime." Soundtrack to an apparently-awful monster movie that I've never seen. This song is fun garage rock, though.
Greenskeepers - "Lotion (Live)." No idea where this came from. A Ween-ish song based on Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs. This is a live version.