Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Last Skip Spence Song I'll Ever Post. Seriously -- I Mean It This Time.

This one's from Moby Grape's disastrous 1971 "comeback" album on Warner Brothers. I say disastrous because (although there are actually a couple of fun songs) the sole contribution from the group's best songwriter, i.e., Skippy, and thus pretty much everybody's reason for listening at this point, turned out to be...an instrumental.

Titled "Chinese Song."

Which is five minutes or so of exactly what you're afraid it might be from the title.




If I'm in the right mood, this actually strikes me as kind of funny, and for what it's worth, it's at least listenable. Still, and I can't recall what my take on it was when it first came out, it probably should have been a clue to fans that its auteur had pretty much lost his marbles.

10 comments:

rurritable said...

I can see how this might seem quaint to pre Anacostia high school motherfuckers, but I still live in a place where High C is distributed as an exotic drink in Asian restaurants.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please translate the above densely-written comment into English?

TMink said...

I got through 25 seconds before I decided to go back to the Mike Post on hold music as I wait for customer service for my printer.

Trey

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary said...

What - did Spence die & leave you in his will or something? In return for "All Skip, All the Time"?

steve simels said...

Hey -- I've got outtakes!!!!!
:-)

TMink said...

Outakes?

Shit.

Trey

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Can someone please translate the above densely-written comment into English?


Well said - in English even
I thought pretty much the same thing when I read it

rurritable said...

What I was drunkenly trying to say, I think, is that's the least Asian thing I've ever heard. I can't be certain, because I can't unpack that sentence either.

Heavens2Murgatroid said...

I really enjoy this song - the cheese is just part of the charm

befuggled said...

Don't you guys see it? The obsession with the music? The alliterative names? Steve Simels is Skip Spence!

There can be no other explanation.