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Friday, June 27, 2008

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Lovelyville (1991)

I recently received a request to post Thinking Fellers Union Local 282's 1991 album Lovelyville. Most of the requests I receive are for either stuff I don't have or stuff that's still in print. In researching the Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 catalog, I discovered that the three albums released by Matador Records are out of print. This sounds like a job for PLM!

Following the self-release of their 1988 debut album, the originally cassette-only Wormed by Leonard, and 1989's Tangle, interest in the San Francisco-based band increased to the level that they signed to respected indie label Matador Records. Lovelyville was released in 1991 and was immediately a college radio hit. TFUL282's sound is tough to describe if you've never heard them before. Their music is wildly imaginative and falls somewhere in that vague area between Butthole Surfers (but less abrasive and more experimental) and Ween (but less jokey and more odd). While there are memorable hooks and catchy melodies, these moments are interrupted by fits of overt strangeness. But there's a kind of weird humor at work here as well. Their cover of Sugarloaf's "Green-Eyed Lady" is an ample example. All of the members of the band contribute to the vocals, which range from druggie narration to smirky singing to outright yelling. Some of the tracks are less "songs" and more like bizarre audio scenarios. This is heady indie rock at its best and well worth checking out for the adventurous listener!

The CD release of Lovelyville contains as a bonus a seven-track mini-album called The Crowded Diaper. I've also included one bonus track, "Horrible Hour," the b-side to the 2 x 4's 7" single, which I pulled off the bootleg Duck, Duck Chimp 3CD rarities box.

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Lovelyville (1991)
1. Four O'Clocker (3:21)
2. Not This World (1:09)
3. Nail in the Head (5:59)
4. Green Eyed Lady (3:40)
5. Mother Uncle Delicious Tasty (0:54)
6. The Streets Vibrated with Traffic and Power Tools (0:16)
7. Mark My Words (0:40)
8. Push (0:30)
9. More Glee (6:12)
10. Big Hands (2:41)
11. The Marshall (1:28)
12. Sinking Boats (4:47)
13. Motorin' Flarey Jenkins (2:30)
14. 2x4s (4:25)
15. Nothing Solid (7:15)
The Crowded Diaper [Lovelyville CD Bonus Tracks]:
16. Maverick (1:33)
17. Wonderbread Display (0:32)
18. The Meat Display (1:30)
19. Strife Is Good (2:04)
20. The Marshall's Boonts (0:29)
21. The World Is Changing for Good (0:49)
22. The Demise of Craig (3:35)
From 2 x 4's 7":
23. Horrible Hour (4:16)

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15 comments:

phil said...

oh how i miss this band o' freaks - any chance of posting the Duck, Duck Chimp 3CD rarities box, please?! never even heard of this...
many thanks!

Kevin Sartori said...

There's a torrent for a lossless version of the boxed set over on The Pirate Bay:

http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4112300/The_Thinking_Fellers_Union_Local_282_-_Duck__Duck_Chimp_(3_CD_Bo

Anonymous said...

Awesome Kevin! It's Christmas in almost July!! :)

Mister said...

Yes get Duck Duck Chimp on bittorrent...great collection there especially The White Shark album that is included...thank you so much for the Feller love. Any chance of posting Wormed by Leonard?

Iain said...

Lovelyville is just about my favourite album of all time - fantastic. I really want hear the Duck Duck Chimp box - does anyone have the patience or time to explain to a fool like me how to download a torrent?!

Thanks

Mister said...

OK Iain, you can do your homework at google "how to download a torrent file." That question is asked a lot and there are a lot of answers.

Davy said...

Having trouble getting that Duck Duck Chimp box to download, and I'm an old hand at Pirate Bay. Sure would be awesome to see it made available here! (I'd also pay a decent amount to buy a physical copy, but from what I understand, those are few and far between!)

Anonymous said...

This was a great band. Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

G' damn these guys arre ( yes sic') butt needed for the accent......."the best!........ I love tons of bands since them .. but still come back to them .. like gast'r del sol

Steve Baker said...

I thought I would die never hearing Four O'Clocker again, I didn't even know the name of the song.

18 years is a long time, you've made me a very happy man.

Anonymous said...

oh man, thank you thank you thank you! you've made an anonymous girl very happy. :)

Gold Leaf said...

i love seeing people's music make people happy, you're doin' good work here plm, cheers for the download

meltedrubbersoul said...

Liked it-real "residential" without getting into unlistenability, which certain eyeball-worshippers tend to do. Speaking of which the Union did a cover on a Residents tribute album. Thanks for showing us a little more of their high quality union craftsmanship

Anonymous said...

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Duck Duck Chimp (did not test availability, though):

http://sunshinesmilefactory.blogspot.com/2010/02/thinking-fellers-union-local-282-duck.html

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!