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I Hope You're Sitting Down / Jack's Tulips

1LP
$25.98

Back in 1994, when Lambchop first lurched lackadaisically into public view, they seemed to many people freakish, outlandish, destined at best for the pages of photocopied fanzines and the graveyard hours of specialist radio stations. A sprawling collective of Nashville musicians-eleven was credited on the sleeve of I Hope You're Sitting Down / Jack's Tulips-they'd named themselves after a sock puppet, inexplicably given their album two titles, and stuck a painting on the cover of a small, barefooted child holding a dog whose cock and balls are on proud display.

The album ended up in British music paper NME's Top 50 Albums of the Year. France's similarly influential Les Inrockuptibles placed it at number 25 on their own list. Not bad for a band who had gathered since the mid-1980s, once a week, purely for pleasure, in that smoky, dimly lit basement. Not bad, either, for a record whose sessions were initially only expected to produce enough material for a handful of 7-inch singles. Disheveled yet tender, anarchic yet intricate, I Hope You're Sitting Down / Jack's Tulips instead provided the springboard for a career-still ongoing, despite repeated reinventions, and still compelled by stubbornly freakish, outlandish intentions-during which Lambchop's ever-changing line-up has continued to confound expectations. Wagner, meanwhile, remains one of our most cryptic but crucial voices, an authentic poet of the magical banal. Sure, it was weird here, but it was wonderful, too. Over a quarter-century later, it still is.

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Track List

A1 Begin
A2 Betweemus
A3 Soaky in the Pooper
A4 Because You Are the Very Air He Breathes
A5 Under the Same Moon
A6 I Will Drive Slowly
A7 Oh, What a Disappointment
A8 Hellmouth
B1 Bon Soir, Bon Soir
B2 Hickey
B3 Breathe Deep
B4 So I Hear You're Moving
B5 Let's Go Bowling
B6 What Was He Wearing?
B7 Cowboy on the Moon
B8 Or Thousands of Prizes
B9 The Pack-Up Song

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