Jen Wood did sing on ‘Nothing Better’ but otherwise Jenny Lewis sang most of the female backing vocals, on for example “We Will Become Silhouettes”.
What’s the deal with the seething hatred for the pop songs of their commercial peak (especially “Stand” and “Get Up”. I agree that “Radio Song” is anachronistic and pointless though.)? You point out how “Can’t Get There From Here” shows versatility and has a sort of tongue-in-cheek quality that sort of makes them relatable, and isn’t that song if anything a precursor to a song like “Stand”? It is pretty common knowledge how the writing process for ‘Stand’ was a deliberate attempt at making an inane bublegummy pop song as an homage to 60′s pop groups like fx The Monkees, and I personally feel it is pretty dead-on. ‘Shiny Happy People’ might be stupid but it was based on a gruesome piece of chinese propaganda which kind of gives it an edge, and it kind of reminds me of “Stand” in that it almost feels like an excercise in the sometimes boggling simplicity of effective pop music. It was a hit after all.
Graham Coxon – not a technical wizard but his unusual voicings and ultramelodic rhythmic dancing around the fretboard is unlike anything in the world. My favourite guitarist.
Probably because it’s a cover. Or obviously because it is…
Yeah kinda bulshit… but then again, can’t really imagine removing much, and many of the obvious additions would be things already covered on previous “best of’s”. But there’s no defending THREE COLLAPSE INTO NOW SONGS?! Or Superseriousnaturallzzu or whatever
goddamnit this song is so boring…
He did this at a lot of the shows on the solo European tour this summer… the setlists at those shows by the way were absolutely insane. So much great, forgotten material, old Whiskeytown stuff, tons of Heartbreaker, just the best – he’s really getting it together.