If that title means anything at all to you I’m impressed. Ed’s Redeeming Qualitites were one of the strangest and most wonderfull bands I’ve ever encountered. Their songs (all their songs) were attempts to be funny. Amazingly they succeeded 9 times out of 10. If the songs weren’t outright funny then they were slightly twee, dealing with relationships, life or death in a very simple, childlike manner.
Sadly one of their main members and chief songwriters died (making their album titles It’s All Good News and More Bad Times very ironic). They had a great run though (starting in the early 90′s) and actually had a minor college hit with the song “Lawndart” which was included on one of the first CMJ compilations. Here’s “Lawndart”, “The Boy I Worked With”, “King of Calypso” and some of my other favorites.
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The Boy I Work With
Lawndart (true story btw)
I just discovered Cheese On Bread and they remind me in every way of Ed’s. COB are calling themselves anti-folk and are part of an anti-folk community I’ll be writing about all week. Here’s some songs, click here for more info.