As another Noah Baumbach movie is hitting cinemas this weekend here’s a related Luna obscurity. Dean first worked with Noah Baumbach on his 1997 film Mr Jealousy and has been involved in some capacity or another with most of his subsequent work.
With the recent releases of Dean Wareham’s Emancipated Hearts and the more recent Dean Wareham you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was the first ever solo releases by Dean… this is a little thrown together post to prove otherwise:
Here’s what I believe was Dean’s debut solo outing on the Shimmy Disc compilation What Else Do You Do? released in 1990. It’s an early, acoustic version of Smile which got it’s full band release on Luna’s debut LP Lunapark a couple of years later.
In amongst all the Luna music in the film Tell Me Do You Miss Me were a number of specially composed pieces by each of the band members and here they are, ripped from the DVD for your listening pleasure
A few years ago I made a collection of posts digging out the original versions of the songs that Galaxie 500, Luna and Damon & Naomi had covered over the years – this was in the days before YouTube and Spotify so tracking down the originals was not as easy as it would be now (although Napster and Audiogalaxy helped). I have an alphabetical list of all the covers that our favourite bands have been involved in and my intention over the coming months (possibly years) is to dig out original of the track (or in some cases the version that most likely inspired the cover). I’ll possibly leave out the occasional cover from this series for various reasons.
And you’ll see I’ve left out the first one from the list which was Tom Rapp’s cover of Neil Young’s After The Goldrush which Naomi sang backing on and, I believe, Damon produced. But you all know that original, so…
Traffic Sound were a Peruvian Psychedelic Rock band active in the late 60s and early 70s and America was on their third album, Tibet’s Suzettes. In parallel with their career as a duo Damon & Naomi were for a short while in the band Magic Hour with Wayne Rogers and Kate Bigger formerly of Crystallized Movements and then of Major Stars. America was released as the b-side to their second single I Had a Thought:
14 Auspicious Dreams was released in 1997 on a benefit 7″ single for Ptolemaic Terrascope. The music was written by the late Hugh Hopper formerly of Soft Machine, the lyrics were by Naomi Yang. That’s what I’ve learnt from the sleeve and is pretty much all I do know about it. The single also included tracks by The Bevis Frond, Flying Saucer Attack and The Silver Apples Damon & Naomi – 14 Auspicious Dreams (mp3)