NAME: Fred G. (for Guru) Hembeck, comic book impressario, best known as the father of one Julie Hembeck, whose fifteenth birthday is this very week BLOG NAME: Fred Sez, part of Hembeck.com NAME OF CD: Ring In the Obscure, Ring Out The Odd NUMBER OF CUTS: 20 RUNNING TIME: 78:34 COVER ART: Nicely typed
SONG LIST: 1. Sleep That Burns-Be Bop Deluxe 2. Losing True-The Roches 3. Twenty-Five Fingers-Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello (from the McCartney/McManus Collaborations, a bootleg of demos and such, from the My Brave Face era. That song was never officially released, with only the demo available for the fans.) 4. Unwanted Number-For Real 5. Hey St. Peter-Flash and the Pan 6. American UFO-John Southworth 7. What Kind of Fool Are You?-Swing Out Sister 8. Me and My Monkey-Robbie Williams 9. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime-Mandy Patinkin 10. Change the World-Nellie McKay 11. So Says I-the Shins 12. Remember-Air 13. Hurt-Code Blue 14. Dreaming of You-the Coral 15. Colour Slide-the Honeycombs 16. Sleep with Me Instead-Louise Goffin 17. Whispering Your Name-Jules Shear 18. Just One Smile-Gene Pitney (an early Randy Newman number, also covered by the Kooper-led BS&T and by Dusty Springfield) 19. I’ll Be Seeing You-Ann Hampton Callaway (from the original cast recording of the B'way musical "Swing") 20. Don’t Hang Up-10cc (Notes by Encyclopedia George) ALREADY REVIEWED BY: Gordon on July 21 GENERAL THOUGHTS: I’ve gotten more mixed CDs from Fred than anyone I know, so I’m always looking forward to his discs. I found that I liked this more on the second play than the first, and the third more than the second. THINGS I PARTICULARLY LOVED: The alarm that starts the CD, and the hang up that ends it. Track 15- sounds somewhat like their hit "Have I the Right?" Songs I had all but forgotten in a new context (2 and especially 5). 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13. ON THE OTHER HAND: Maybe a little too romantic at the end, but no big deal. But the big finish on 9 grinds the proceedings to a halt. OFFICE FRIENDLY: The F-word in "Me and My Monkey" ONLY VAGUELY RELATED: Nellie McKay is a lot younger than she sounds.