Thursday, June 14, 2018

It's Moby Grape Week Part IV: Special If We're All One, Who Needs You? Edition

From 1999, please enjoy Brit neo-folk rockers Diesel Park West and their quite remarkable cover of Skip Spence's "All Come to Meet Her Now."

For those who haven't been keeping score, the song itself derives from Oar, the shall we say somewhat quirky solo album Spence did, as a one man band, just after leaving the Grape. The DPW version derives from a fabulous Oar tribute album, which I heartily recommend, if only for Robyn Hitchcock's contribution.

In any case, if you've never heard Oar, I should add the DPW track is far more focused than Skippy's original...

...but it's essentially the same song and arrangement. In fact, what's really cool about it is that it sounds (to my ears, at least) exactly like it would have sounded had his old band mates in the Grape ever gotten a chance to bash it out along with him.


buzzbabyjesus said...

I love both "Oar", and "More Oar". DW's "All Come To Meet Her" is a standout track. "Little Hands" is one of my favorites on both. Robert Plant does a superb job.

Skip's one man band act was remarkable, especially when you consider it was recorded on an old 3-track machine, and he recorded it in Nashville right after a six month stint in Bellevue.

pete said...

Does anyone know the provenance of the name "Oar"? Why did he call it that? It always seemed a very spaced-out name to me.

steve simels said...

Pete -- haven't a clue, but when I get to that bit in the bio, maybe it will be revealed.

buzzbabyjesus said...

I was thinking it was something you need when you're up shit creek.