Thursday, July 25, 2013

Toy Matinee - "Toy Matinee"

Toy Matinee - Toy Matinee
1990, Reprise

1. Last Plane Out
2. Turn It On Salvador
3. Things She Said
4. Remember My Name
5. The Toy Matinee
6. Queen of Misery
7. The Ballad of Jenny Ledge
8. The Was a Little Boy
9. We Always Come Home

This is another album I discovered courtesy of my friend Uvulapie. It came in a big box full of progressive albums as a little bonus. I opened up the booklet to scan the lyrics and was immediately intrigued. See, Toy Matinee is pop music, but pop music made by actual musicians. Musicians who care about songcraft, melody, and instrumentation. It's the type of pop music that was way to good to actually be successful with the general public. Each song is lovingly crafted and has its own identity while still uniting the album as a whole. It's a pleasure to listen to from start to finish and when it's done you won't hesitate to start it up again. If you're looking for a nice little obscure gem from the early 90's - here it is. Thanks again, Uvulapie!

Useless Fact: Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son, provides some background vocals on some tracks.

1 comment:

  1. More useless facts: One half of the duo was a big Madonna producer. He didn't want to tour to support this album so they had to hire a new keyboardist. They picked a person named Sheryl Crowe. Afterwards they started getting together on Tuesday nights to see if they could come up with "something next" and wrote most of the songs on Ms. Crowe's debut album, though due to record company politics the songs weren't given the proper co-writing credits.