When indie superstars Camper Van Beethoven signed with Virgin Records in the late 1980s, it seemed inconceivable. How could that band move to a major label without “selling out” and sacrificing all that made them great?
The first three tracks on Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart were a pop song, an instrumental and an adaptation of a folk dirge about death. Heck, the release even had a love song for Patty Hearst. No, Camper Van Beethoven didn’t sell out. They just had better distribution now.
Featuring new liners and photos in the CD and LP, both Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart and Key Lime Pie are being reissued with full cooperation and input from the band themselves. These are the releases CVB fans have been dreaming of.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 22nd February 2015
I suppose the easiest thing to say about Camper Van Beethoven is that they're a bit like a cross between REM and Violent Femmes with a bit of Desert Rock thrown in. "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart" was their first album for major label, Virgin. The album is fairly straight forward North American indie with folk influences and the occasional sprinkling of ska. There's a great version of the Appalachian folk song "O Death" - which, listening to it now is not so dissimilar to Nirvana's version of "Lake of Fire" from their MTV Unplugged album. "Never Go Back" is a stand out track. "Eyes Of Fatima Part 1" is a good example of their indie sound. There's a few songs that mix that sound with folk, such as "She Divines Water" and a few jaunty ska-ish tracks like "One Of These Days". To be honest, I wish they'd leave the ska alone, but nevertheless, it's still quite good.
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