Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Geraldine Fibbers - 1995 - Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home

From Eiliv Konglevoll 17 Sep 2003 letter to (Lisa Germano mailing list):
What is good with Lisa's music is that there is not much to campare with.But just found one artist or group with something common, which you mightlike. It have been standing just before her records, not played for a longtime. Geraldine Fibbers, Lost somewhere between the earth and my home. Hope itis still possible to find, this a knockout, I just found out. Have to searchvery hard to find a better record the last ten years. Lots of crazy violinsand insane lyrics, rather "violent" with wry humour. And I have never heardsomeone getting away with combining sentimental folk with Velvet white-lightnoise, in one song. It works, it works. "Everything I say is a stupid lie, Iwon't tell the truth even when I die, I'll pick myself to pieces 'til the endof time, then I'll glue them back together in a stupid rhyme." A group, butCarla Bozulich is the beginning and the end. Now I just got to find out abouther solo records! The group had two other records, also very good, but thefirst is a classic. Most people would back off, it is bizarre and extreme, butLisa fans are not easily scared.

The Geraldine Fibbers
Styles: Neo-Traditional Folk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Grunge, Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
Biography by Jason Ankeny
The Geraldine Fibbers were the bluesy, country-tinged vehicle of singer/songwriter Carla Bozulich, a longtime veteran of the Southern California post-punk scene who previously tenured in Ethyl Meatplow and Neon Vein. After the former's 1993 breakup, Bozulich formed the Fibbers with guitarist Daniel Keenan, bassist William Tutton, violinist Jessy Greene, and drummer Kevin Fitzgerald, debuting the following year on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label with the EP Get Thee Gone. After signing to Virgin, the group issued 1995's acclaimed Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home; Butch, a more rock-oriented effort recorded with new guitarist Nels Cline, followed in 1997.
Review by Michael Gallucci
Carla Bozulich's distorted folk tales for the desolate got their start on this debut album from her punky alterna-country performance outfit the Geraldine Fibbers, and what an introduction it is. Defying labels across the board, and turning old-style ancestral narratives into brutal and harrowing portraits of life on the edge of nowhere, the Fibbers wrap each of Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home's 12 songs into a ball of fury and toss it against the wall of tradition, just to see what happens. The results, wickedly conveyed through Bozulich's often androgynous and twangy tones, are among the most original, if not always successful, conceived in the cookie-cutter '90s. Chaotic noise breakdowns give way to melodic singalongs, songs twist and turn through several side paths before reaching their destination, and everything sounds as if total annihilation is imminent. Scary, thoughtful and highly inventive (plus a bit one-noted), Lost is the sound of country gone to hell.

1 Lily Belle (Bozulich, Keenan) 4:54
2 The Small Song (Bozulich) 3:30
3 Marmalade (Bozulich, Keenan) 5:09
4 Dragon Lady (Bozulich, Fitzgerald, Keenan) 4:50
5 A Song About Walls (Bozulich, Keenan) 4:20
6 House Is Falling (Bozulich, Keenan) 4:23
7 Outside of Town (Bozulich) 4:58
8 The French Song (Bozulich, Fitzgerald, Tutton) 6:04
9 Dusted (Bozulich, Fitzgerald) 2:40
10 Richard (Bozulich, Fitzgerald) 5:24
11 Blast off Baby (Bozulich) 4:09
12 Get Thee Gone (Bozulich) 6:37

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