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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Green on Red April 23, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Music, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

One of my favourite all time bands, I was first introduced to their music in the late 80s with their masterpiece “The Killer Inside Me” from which a number of the tracks below are taken from. Deciding which tracks to include has been a chore such was the quality of the album and the fact that the album was seamless with each track complementing the next.

Originally from Tuscon, Arizona Green On Red moved to LA where they became part of the Paisley Underground genre associated with bands such as The Dream Syndicate , The Rain Parade ,The Long Ryders (all future TWIBLT candidates) and The Bangles. Indeed in 1985 a supergroup comprising members of Green and Red, The Long Ryders and The Dream Syndicate recorded an album Danny and Dusty “The Lost Weekend”.

For me “The Killer Inside Me” and its predecessor “No Free Lunch” were Green on Red’s high points. The earlier albums “Gravity Talks” , “Green on Red” and “Gas Food and Lodgings” were less Country in style but still excellent.

After “The Killer Inside Me” came the albums “Here Comes the Snakes” , “Live at the Town and Country Club”, “This Time Around”, “Scapegoats”, “The Little Things in Life” and “Too Much Fun” as well as a “Best of Green on Red”. The last four studio albums were good but had some dross on them yet had some wonderful songs such as “You Couldn’t Get arrested” , “Pills n Booze” to name just two.

Around 1990 they played a Midnight at The Olympia gig in Dublin. I saw the posters for the gig, rang a few people and dashed into The Olympia Box Office the next day to make sure to get tickets and not miss out. I got ticket number Two ….

There were maybe 40 people at the gig and although the place was empty it was a privilege to have seen such a great band. They broke up in 1992 before briefly reforming in 2006. Enjoy…

There is a good piece on Green on Red here

Keep on Moving

We Aint Free

Funny How Time Slips Away

Hair and Skin

You Couldn’t Get Arrested

Gravity Talks

Mighty Gun


1. WorldbyStorm - April 23, 2011

Great selection IELB. Particularly fond of We Ain’t free and Funny How the Time Slips Away.


irishelectionliterature - April 23, 2011

Yes “Funny How the Time Slips Away” is a great song, a Willie Nelson cover. I just love the bitterness and sarcasm conveyed in the Lyrics and Dan Stuarts delivery adds to the package.

http://www.greenonred.net/ the bands website is still up although hasn’t been updated in a long while.


2. Richard - April 23, 2011

Good call!


3. yourcousin - April 23, 2011

For a moment I got excited because I thought TWIMBLT was going in a bold new direction…


yourcousin - April 23, 2011

anyone with more experience with wordpress able to tell me why embed from youtbe won’t work?


irishelectionliterature - April 23, 2011

Sorted (It seems to treat embedding in a comment differently than it does a post)
so its a new series …
“This Weekend I’ll be Fixing my…..”


yourcousin - April 23, 2011

So how does one embed in a comment (sorry to clutter the thread with technical questions)


irishelectionliterature - April 23, 2011

just enter the youtube url and it appears to embed it automatically.


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5. EamonnCork - April 24, 2011

Wonderful choices. At the risk of repeating myself, a compendium of the what I’ll be listening to . . . columns would make a great book and a better box set. The Paisley Underground produced some amount of excellent music, there’s no really good compilation funny enough but Children of Nuggets includes most of the main movers along with various other staples of Fanning circa 1985. Coincidentally I was just reading George Pelecanos’ The Sweet Forever, terrific novel, last week and GOR play a part in a drunken seduction scene. Fair play IEL, I’m amazed you have time given the many hours you appear to spend trawling, to fascinating effect, through old DSP election leaflets and the like. Maith thu.


irishelectionliterature - April 25, 2011

Thanks, Those Paisley underground bands were good, Green on Red would be my favourites though. I’ve a few more TWIBMLTs in train and its actually been most enjoyable to trawl through the piles of CDs , Tapes and records.

Part one of a feature from the Whistle Test on the Paisley Underground

Part two


6. Richard, Wales - April 24, 2011

Can we do suggestions?!
One weekend why not try Husker Du…Candy Apple Grey


7. Worldbystorm - April 24, 2011

Great great album. I’m actually waiting for a Husker Du profile from someone.


CMK - April 24, 2011

Don’t know enough about Husker Du to do a profile, but love their music. But, I’ve always felt, listening to the song ‘Real Life’, that there was an implicit rebuke to the Left? It might just be me. Love Sugar, too. Bob Mould is a fantastic artist. Does anyone know what he’s doing now?


8. WorldbyStorm - April 24, 2011

Funny you should ask, I’ve a piece on his most recent album ready to post soon still going strong, a cracker it is the album, A good guy too, I’d admire him hugely


CMK - April 25, 2011

Look forward to it.


9. PaulDillon - April 24, 2011

For the above fans of ‘Funny how time Slips Away’, one of the best versions is by Jerry Lee Lewis on his 1965 album ‘Country Songs for City Folk’ – a great vocal, heavy on the sarcasm.

If Dylan fans think the band sounds familiar, this was recorded at Nashville, a year before Dylan recorded Blonde on Blonde there with a lot of the same musicians.


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