Ex-R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has released a quickly made 7" EP, 'Opium Drivel', for Mississippi records. The first side offers two slices of bona fide classic rock, and the flip-side contains two demos that show off the sparser, more work-in-progress side of both tracks, as jammed by Buck and Scott McCaughey -- both have plenty of experience of playing together for Robyn Hitchcock as two thirds of the Venus 3.
Tracks:Portrait Of A Sorry Man If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back Portrait Of A Sorry Man (Demo) If This Is Love Give Me My Money Back (Demo)
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Peter Buck needs to be careful with that title as there’s a rich history of bands inserting very apt descriptive words into titles over the years.
Yes, generally it’s drivel but I’m very happy to see Peter Buck doing what the fuck he wants. He’s even labelled the sides B and BB because...well.. he can. Opener ‘Portrait of a Sorry Man’ has Buck apologising for past indiscretions over a glammy stomp. He never once mentions his first couple of solo albums though. Its oddball fun like 90’s Bob Dylan barking over The Cramps. Whilst ‘If This Is Love Can I Have My Money Back’ is a terrible bar-room strut, ‘Drown With Me is quite pretty with an ‘Automatic For the People’ style dark acoustic drone. ‘Welcome to the Party’ again is an acoustic type thing - Buck can’t sing for toffee but he tries.
On the back cover a printed note “Mary-can, you leave the money under the mat, thanks Jerry ps I lost Daryl’s gas cap”. What does it all mean? Who knows.
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