Long gone Grandaddy

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Amerikanske Grandaddy kaster med afskedspladen Just Like The Family Cat håndklædet i ringen. “I don’t wanna work all night and day on writing songs/ That make the young girls cry/ Or playing little solos on the keyboard/ So the kids will ask me how and why”, synger frontmand Jason Lyttle disillusioneret. Musikken lyder nu slet ikke så udbrændt, men derimod igen omtrent så fin, som på The Software Slump, Grandaddy’s hovedværk, noget den skuffende forgænger Sumday ikke formåede at leve op til. De bedste af de nye sange er særegne små perler, som f.eks. her nedenstående “Campershell Dreams”, der i længselsfuld melodisk lethed tager samtlige points, før den stopper i egen blødende solnedgang. Bliver spændende videre herfra at følge Jason Lyttle, der slet ikke synes færdig med at synge sin ensomme verden ud. Men for nu er der heldigvis Just Like The Family Cat, der står som et mere end værdigt punktum for Grandaddy, hans store lille band fra Modesto, California.

CAMPERSHELL DREAMS

You don’t have to be alone anymore
Good company’s a gift
You don’t have to be alone anymore
Go ahead, disspell the myth
You don’t have to be alone anymore
Sad letters on the drift
You don’t have to be alone anymore
That really ain’t no way to live
It really ain’t no way to live

© Jason Lyttle

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  1. Det er ærgeligt, at de skæggede lumberjacks fra Modesto nu er historie. Svanesangen er bestemt en yderst værdig afslutning, men jeg synes personligt, at Sumday, var en yderst kvalificeret plade – ikke mindst live. De beviste bandet desuden på Voxhall (desværre ingen kbh optræden), hvor de spillede en suveræn koncert.

    Grandaddy havde, ligesom Jed, fortjent mere opmærksomhed.

    Song: Jed the humanoid
    Album: The Sophtware Slump

    Last night something pretty bad happened
    We lost a friend (we lost a friend)
    All shocked and broken (all shocked and broken)
    Shutdown, exploded (shutdown, exploded)

    Jeddy 3 is what we first called him
    Then it was Jed (then it was Jed)
    Now Jeds systems dead (Jeds systems dead)
    Therefore so’s Jed (therefore so’s Jed)

    We assembled him in the kitchen
    Made out of this end (made out of this end)
    Made out of that end (made out of that end)
    Whatever was at hand (whatever was at hand)

    When we finished Jed we were so proud
    We celebrated (we celebrated)
    We congratulated (we congratulated)
    At what we’d created (what we’d created)

    Jed could run or walk, sing or talk and,
    Complile thoughts and (complile thoughts and)
    Solve lots of problems (solve lots of problems)
    We learned so much from him (learned so much from him)

    A couple years went by something happened
    We gave Jed less attension ( gave less attension)
    We had new invensions (had new invensions)
    Loved for conventions (loved for conventions)

    Jed had found booze drink and drank every drop
    He fizzled and popped (He fizzled and popped)
    He rattled and knocked (He rattled and knocked)
    And finally he just stopped (And finally he just stopped)

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