Song of the Day #2,629: ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ – The Lemonheads

250px-AlbumArt-Lemonheads-It's_a_Shame_About_Ray_(1992)The Lemonheads are familiar to me by name, if not by sound. And the name of bandleader Evan Dando is extremely familiar despite my knowing none of his music. I guess these are just things you pick up by osmosis.

The Lemonheads’ fifth album, It’s a Shame About Ray, was one of the most celebrated releases of 1992, praised as one of the era’s finest alternative pop-rock records.

The album clocks in at under a half hour, despite running a dozen tracks long — lots of quick hooks here.

If the title track is any indication, I think I’d enjoy this album. I’m getting a definite R.E.M. feel.

I’ve never been too good with names.
The cellar door was open, I could never stay away.
I know it’s prob’ly not my place.
It’s either or, I’m hoping for a simple way to say.

It’s a shame about Ray.
In the stone, under the dust,
his name is still engraved.
Some things need to go away.
It’s a shame about Ray.

If I make it through today,
I’ll know tomorrow not to leave my feelings out on display.
I’ll put the cobwebs back in place.
I’ve never been to good with names,
but I remember faces.

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,629: ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ – The Lemonheads

  1. Dana says:

    I vaguely recall hearing about this band, including a comparison to REM. Not bad.

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