Another one that slipped through the net…
Kazuki Tomokowa is, according to his short biog on Discogs, a “Prolific Japanese folk singer, songwriter, poet, essayist, actor, betting tipster and artist”. Here’s his original of Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – cursory Googling has provided precious little more about the song (in English).
Damon & Naomi performed the track live a number of times and released a live version (recorded in Tokyo in 2004) on the free 7″ single given away with the Drag City re-release of Damon & Naomi With Ghost.
MP3: Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – Damon & Naomi
Yoo Doo Right was 20 minutes long when released on CAN’s Monster Movie LP in 1969, probably because 20 minutes was long enough for one side of a record. The song however had been edited down from a 6 hour live improvised concert held at Schloss Nörvenich, CAN’s castle in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Damon & Naomi’s live cover was recorded at TT The Bears in Cambridge, MA in April 1998 with Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara – this clocks in at a mere 6 minutes but is still pretty damned fantastic. It was released as a seven inch single of Grimsey Records with the cover of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue on the flip.
MP3: Damon & Naomi & Batoh & Kurihara – Yoo Doo Right
The World’s Strongest Man was written by Scott Walker and released in 1969 on host legendary LP Scott 4.
Damon & Naomi’s cover first appeared in 2009 on the Scott Walker tribute album 30th Century Man that was released to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The track subsequently turned up on the flip of the Walking Backwards single on Great Pop Supplement.
MP3: Damon and Naomi – The World’s Strongest Man
Who Am I was recorded by Country Joe and the Fish on their second album I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die in 1967
Damon & Naomi’s cover was released on their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi in 1995:
MP3: Who Am I – Damon and Naomi
On the Galaxie 500 Mailing List many years ago, while discussing the song, Bob brought up an interesting point…
this is a very nice version of the Country Joe and the Fish song. However, D&N leave off the final and most haunting/troubling verse of the song. Lyrics were definitely a sign of the times…ca 1967 or so….but the D&N version omits the punch line. I’ve thought of asking them why, but always forget whenever I have the chance to see them.
The verse in question…
And now my friend we meet again and
We shall see which one will bend
Under the strain of death’s golden eyes
Which one of us shall win the prize
To live and which one will die
‘Tis I, my friend, yes ’tis I
Shall kill to live again and again
To clutch the throat of sweet revenge
For life is here only for the taking.
… so I took advantage of Twitter and asked Damon about that last verse…
Dean Wareham’s wonderful set at this year’s Indietracks festival is now being seeded on bittorrent site Dimeadozen.
Dimeadozen: Dean Wareham – Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire, 26th July 2014
Engine Shed Stage (indoors)
Midland Railway Centre
26th July 2014
Lineage: Sound Pros SP-CMC-8 cardioid mics>Sound Pros Battery Box>Sony PCM-M10 (line-in, 24 bit, 44.1kHz)
Transfer: Sony PCM-M10> usb > wav > Soundforge 9.0 (Selective hard limiting, Normalise,
Fade-in/fade-out, 16 bit 44.1kHz)>CD Wave (Track splits)>FLAC>mp3tagv2.55a (Tag Flacs)
2.When Will You Come Home
3.The Dancer Disappears
6.Love Is Not
10.Babes In The Wood
12.Fourth Of July
Recorded at barrier next to right hand stack. This was another great performance by Dean Wareham and band, very pleased how the recording has come out.
While you’re there you may as well grab the Joanna Gruesome set in which Dean guested on Tugboat…
Dimeadozen: Joanna Gruesome – Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire, 26th July 2014