V2-91289 Key Lime Pie
Produced by Dennis Herring
Released on September 1989
US CHART POSITION #141
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T his made a Camper out of me. “Sweethearts,” “(I Was Born In A) Laundromat,” “June,” “Flowers,” “The Humid Press of Days,” “Pictures of Matchstick Men,” great stuff all of it. David Lowery’s clogged vocals suit the kitchen sink arrangements: violins, organ, ringing guitars, prickly percussion and lead guitars that lean over everything like a bent, black rainbow. You’d have to look to the Pixies to find a another band that could render oddball observations with such musical joy. Jack Ruby in portraiture, Ronald Reagan in dementia, a leftist lottery winner in America, the band’s eye doesn’t rest for a minute. Like The Pixies, the band gives every song their all. Sure, the riffs behind “(I Was Born In A) Laundromat” and “Pictures of Matchstick Men” have Winner written all over them, but these are fourteen favored children with no filler among them. (“Interlude” is a tiny connector, but it sets up “Flowers” so perfectly I can’t imagine Key Lime Pie without it.) New violinist Morgan Fichter fits in just fine too, in case you were wondering where Jonathan Segel flew off to. Though I tend to pick up Pie at “June” and devour the second half in one sitting, you can eat the whole Pie at once (crust and everything). “Borderline” and “Come on Darkness” don’t resonate with my daily mood so much, but they go down easy enough. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you where Key Lime Pie belongs next to their other works, since I don’t own them yet. (Chance, my enemy, conspires to keep Camper at a distance.) However, comparing it to The Pixies isn’t going to kill anyone, so let’s say it’s like Bossanova. (Okay, everyone: It’s like Bossanova.) Playful, pointed, inspired and unpredictable, Key Lime Pie is a keeper, even if it’s the only Camper company I currently keep.

V2-91289 back sleeve
V2-91289 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. OPENING THEME    2:21
  2. JACK RUBY    5:22
  3. SWEETHEARTS    4:45
  4. WHEN I WIN THE LOTTERY    3:38
  5. (I WAS BORN IN A) LAUNDROMAT    3:43
  6. BORDERLINE    3:48
  7. THE LIGHT FROM A CAKE    2:43
  8. JUNE    4:24
  9. ALL HER FAVORITE FRUIT    5:14
  10. INTERLUDE    1:03
  11. FLOWERS    (Eric Curkendall/Chris Hart/David Lowery)    2:58
  12. THE HUMID PRESS OF DAYS    2:44
  13. PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN    (Francis Michael Rossi)    4:08
  14. COME ON DARKNESS    3:14

    All songs written by Victor Krummenacher/Greg Lisher/David Lowery/Chris Pedersen unless noted

CREDITS

MORGAN FICHTER -- violin, vocals
VICTOR KRUMMENACHER -- bass guitar, vocals
GREG LISHER -- lead guitar, vocals
DAVID LOWERY -- vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards
CHRIS PEDERSEN -- vocals, drums, percussion
Tim "Steelbone" Cook -- pedal steel
Danny Faragher -- additional backing vocals
Davey Faragher -- additional backing vocals
Garth Hudson -- pump organ, talking and stuff
Don V. Lax -- strings, crazy avant-garde Gipsy and Indian style fiddling
Mary O'Neil -- additional backing vocals
Hammer Smith -- bitchin' harmonica
Wally Sound -- additional backing vocals
Csaba Petocz -- engineer, mixing
Bruce Licher -- package design
Andre Lansel -- photography
Elba Gomez -- physical plant

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 1989 Virgin LP/CD/CS 91289  
UK 1989 Virgin LP/CD/CS VUSLP/CDVUS/VUSMC-8  
US   Virgin CD 86127  

 

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