Nick Drake

Joe Boyd & Opinions on The Besnard Lakes

Producer Joe Boyd remembers making studio magic with legendary UK songwriter Nick Drake. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from Canadian shoegazers The Besnard Lakes.

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It's been a sad couple of weeks for rock. Music lost Divinyls singer Christina Amphlett, P-funk bassist Cordell“Boogie”Mosson, and Woodstock singer Richie Havens. But the musician Jim and Greg are missing most is Scott Miller of the bands Game Theory and The Loud Family. Miller died last week at age 53. Jim remembers Game Theory as a Big Star revival band that played jangly pop with a literary edge. Albums like Real Nighttime and Big Shot Chronicles we sprawling, sophisticated constructions, he says. Jim plays "Regenisraen" from 1986 in tribute.

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For the most part we think that rock ‘n’ roll artistry and commercials don't mix, but in the case of Nick Drake, it worked out. A 1999 TV commercial featuring his 1972 track "Pink Moon," made the English singer/songwriter a household name. It was success Drake couldn‘t enjoy in his lifetime. He died at age 26 of an overdose on anti-depressants after only releasing three albums. But the small catalog lives large today, with Drake’s work influencing R.E.M., Elliot Smith, Beth Orton and many more. He's remembered on the new tribute album Way to Blue, produced by the man who discovered him, Joe Boyd. In addition to working with Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd and the Fairport Convention, Joe Boyd produced Nick's first two albums, Five Leaves Left in 1969 and Bryter Layter in 1970. Jim and Greg talk to him about Nick Drake's own influences, his style and his legacy.

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The Besnard Lakes Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Greg counts the 2nd and 3rd releases by The Besnard Lakes (who visited Sound Opinions in 2007) as two of the best of the last decade. How does the Montreal quartet fare on the 4th album? Well, according to Jim, the key words of the record's title Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO are“excess”and“imperceptible.”He is happy to hear more of Olga Goreas‘ singing, but the melodies just aren’t that strong. Jim says Burn It. Greg agrees that this album isn't as strong as its predecessors, but it has its own rewards as well. The Besnard Lakes bring slow, dreamy "shoegaze meets Beach Boys." Greg says go Buy It.

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“Seether”Veruca Salt

Jim's lounging away on his beach blanket thinking about 1994, and he decides to add "Seether" by Veruca Salt to the Desert Island Jukebox. It just so happens that frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon have decided to“bury the hatchet”and reunite. Will their new singles be as good as“Seether?”Only time will tell…

Featured Songs

  1. Divinyls, I Touch Myself, Divinyls, Virgin, 1991
  2. Game Theory, Regenisraen, Big Shot Chronicles, Engima, 1986
  3. Teddy Thompson and Krystle Warren, Pink Moon, Way to Blue, StorySound, 2013
  4. Nick Drake, Milk & Honey, Family Tree, Island, 2007
  5. Molly Drake, Happiness, Molly Drake, Squirrel Thing, 2013
  6. Nick Drake, Black Eyed Dog, Time of No Reply, Hannibal, 1986
  7. Nick Drake, Which Will, Pink Moon, Island, 1972
  8. Nick Drake, Poor Boy, Bryter Later, Island, 1970
  9. Nick Drake, Road, Pink Moon, Island, 1972
  10. Nick Drake, Fly, Bryter Later, Island, 1970
  11. Leonard Cohen, Suzanne, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Columbia, 1967
  12. Nick Drake, I Was Made To Love Magic, Time of No Reply, Hannibal, 1986
  13. Nick Drake, Way to Blue, Five Leaves Left, Island, 1969
  14. Nick Drake, Day Is Done, Five Leaves Left, Island, 1969
  15. Nick Drake, Pink Moon, Pink Moon, Island, 1972
  16. Nick Drake, Northern Sky, Bryter Later, Island, 1970
  17. Krystle Warren, Time Has Told Me, Way to Blue, StorySound, 2013
  18. Robyn Hitchcock, Parasite, Way to Blue, StorySound, 2013
  19. Besnard Lakes, 46 Satires, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, Jagjaguwar, 2013
  20. Besnard Lakes, People of the Sticks, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, Jagjaguwar, 2013
  21. Veruca Salt, Seether, American Thighs, Geffen, 1994
  22. Wolf Parade, Language City, At Mount Zoomer, Sub Pop, 2008
  23. Prince, Ronnie Talk to Russia, Controversy, Warner Bros., 1981
  24. John Couger Mellencamp, Country Gentleman, Big Daddy, Mercury, 1989

Footnotes

nytimes.com Christina Amphlett R.I.P. nj.com Cordell ‘Boogie’ Mosson R.I.P. npr.org Richie Havens R.I.P. loudfamily.com Scott Miller brytermusic.com Nick Drake youtube.com Pink Moon Commercial joeboyd.co.uk Joe Boyd allmusic.com Five Leaves Left nickdrake.com Bryter Layter theguardian.com Nick Drake's influences thebesnardlakes.com The Besnard Lakes soundopinions.org The Besnard Lakes on Sound Opinions jagjaguwar.com Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO chicagotribune.com Greg's Besnard Lakes review verucasalt.com Vercua Salt