Audio: Friday recycling: Luna with Sterling Morrison - Great Jones Street

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fame requires every kind of excess (GJS)

One of the great and greatly missed Sterling Morrison's final appearances on record was playing on a couple of tracks on Luna's second album Bewitched, one of the tracks he appeared on "Great Jones Street" was also recorded for the syndicated radio show Modern Rock Live. This version of the track never got a commercial release but did turn up on a 1994 Modern Rock Live promo compilation. I believe this version was recorded some time in 1994, Sterling passed away on August 30th 1995.

From a 2008 interview for Things I'd Rather be Doing

tirbd: Do you have a favorite rock ‘n’ roll and/or tour memoir other than your own?
Dean Wareham: I really liked Dee Dee Ramone’s memoir, Lobotomy, and Dylan’s Chronicles. And White Bicycles by folk producer Joe Boyd. But my favorite book about a rock star is Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo, which is of course a work of fiction.

The press release for Penthouse was signed Bucky Wunderlick, the protaganist in Great Jones Street as mentioned in this 1996 interview for Salon:

Salon: I noticed that your press release is signed "Bucky Wunderlick." What’s that about?
Dean Wareham: That was actually a friend who wrote that — Bill Whitten, who plays in the band St. Johnny. Bucky Wunderlick is a character from out of “Great Jones Street” by Don DeLillo. It’s one of my favorite books.

"Fuzzy Wuzzy" also came from DeLillo - from a 2004 Stylus interview:

Where did I get “Fuzzy Wuzzy”? I read that phrase in a Don Delillo book. Somebody says, “Can you show me your fuzzy wuzzy” to a woman. Not Fuzzy Wuzzy was a worm.

Buy: Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo on Amazon

OK, if you've made it this far - here's a hidden track - as Fuzzy Wuzzy was also DeLillo inspired this is the demo version of that track that was released on the b-side of Luna's Sub Pop Singles Club contribution in 1998 - this recording was carelessly lifted from my 7" single on my bog-standard non-audiophiles hi-fi system so you get it with the crackles and pops that that entails:

Download: Luna - Fuzzy Wuzzy (demo) (mp3 via

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