A new (to me at least) Luna track
OK, so it's probably a bit arrogant but I really had an idea that this site (and therefore I) pretty much knew all there was to know about Luna and their published work (or at least from 1994/5 onwards) so when I came across a track I knew nothing about this morning I felt a bizarre mix of excitement and shame.
One of my Google alerts threw up this cool post on Candybar about Tell Me Do You Miss Me - at the bottom of which the poster, Frank, had linked to a mixwit introduction to Luna mix. I idly clicked the button and started listening and went on with my other business. Then on came "Westbound and Down" - it was definitely Dean singing but I had never heard, or heard of, this track.
A bit of poking around the Internet revealed that the track was recorded for the film Radio Free Steve ( ), the film had been (mostly) made in 1984 and released in 2000 (available on DVD from here). Westbound and Down is a cover of a Jerry Reed track from the "comedy" film Smokey & the Bandit ( - youtube). The lyrics for Luna's version have been changed to suit its new use.
Audio: Westbound & Down - Luna
Sean explained in an email to me about how Westbound and Down came about
[It] was something i agreed to do for a friend in Austin Texas, who came to Luna shows and threw some good parties. His brother had made a low-budget movie called "Radio Free Steve", and they wanted a cover of this song with lyrics slightly changed for the last scene of the film. I was given $800 for the recording cost and Lee, Dean and I did it in an afternoon for about $400. The other $400 remaining was used to fund the video for "Superfreaky Memories" done by my friend Christian Moore. I play the bass and all guitars on the tune, Lee's on drums, and of course Dean is singing.</p>