Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Great Lost New Wave Singles of Whenever

From sometime in the late 70s or early 80s, please enjoy original Late Night With David Letterman writer and (more recently) creator of TV's Monk, the drolly amusing Andy Breckman, and his should have been an anthemic MTV hit "I Had a Good Day."

Breckman had (and continues to have, actually) a sort of parallel career as a sardonic solo folkie, and to my knowledge this unreleased demo is the only time he ever did one of his songs with a rock band. An acetate 45 was on the Folk City jukebox for years, which is where I first heard it; this digital version comes from a 1996 CD sampler on Gadfly Records, a Vermont indie label near and dear to my heart for reasons that I won't bore you with at the moment.

In any case, "Mr. Greenblatt died/I had a real good day" never fails to lift my spirits.


Sal Nunziato said...

Andy was a customer of mine for years and aside from being one of the nicest guys I have ever met, made me laugh uncontrollably almost every visit.

Blue Ash Fan said...

Do you love Gadfly for the same reason I do: that they reissued the Tonio K. catalog on CD? That reason alone is enough to ensure that I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for that label.

steve simels said...

The Tonio K catalog is one reason. The bigger reason is that Gadfly released this album
featuring a certain bass player whose name rhymes with sleeve nimels.

Blue Ash Fan said...

Ahhhhh. I see.

You certainly have an affinity for this bassist guy.

Anonymous said...

I watched a set of Andy Breckman's one Sunday at Folk City, and he was hilarious in a very proto-Seth Rogen kind of way. If Wierd Al could be an MTV star, why not the comically and courageously Judaic Andy Breckman? - AP

@whut said...

What, no mention of Breckman's weekly gig at WFMU?