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Weekend Needle Drop Week 3 – Camper Van Beethoven

The Weekend Needle Drop 2016 52 Weeks 52 Albums

Week Three of the New Year and I continue to pull out classics from my collection, this week Camper Van Beethoven’s Telephone Free Landslide Victory. Released in 1985 the album was just a little before it’s time.

The Band was often compared with Violent Femmes, the Dead Milkmen and Young Fresh Fellows because of the use of humor in many of their songs. Good company but a little unfair, CVB mixed ethnic melodies often Eastern European Folk, Mexican, Spaghetti Western and SKA. Lo Fi almost garage rock recordings of songs like “Take the Skinheads Bowling”, “the Day Lassie Went to the Moon” and the countrified Black Flag cover “Wasted” set along side of instrumentals like “Border SKA” and “Yanqui Go Home” propelled them onto college radio.

Camper Van Beethoven would help define the sound of MTV’s 120Minutes and alternative music in America.

After breaking up members went on to form Cracker and Monks of Doom as well as playing with Counting Crows.

Reformed in 1999 you can hear the band play several tracks from this album(still a fan favorite to this day) along with a few Cracker songs.
Give this album a listen and check out some of the bands other early works.




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Middagh Goodwin LIVES Music. He has been booking and promoting Music, Art and Comedy for years in the Central Valley. He ran the award winning Plea for Peace Center in Stockton for 5 Years and has booked bands from A-Z. Middagh is beginning 2016 with a new position at the Gallo Center for the Arts and celebrating Beat Happy! Music's 30th Anniversary. Read the MAMAView every month and a the Needle Drop 52 Records 52 Weeks.