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Answerphone Interview with Evan Dando by Peter Blackstock

From The Seattle Post 8th November 1996

You want road shows? We'll give you road shows. This week's schedule is as jammed as they come with noteworthy touring acts playing in the clubs. Generally speaking, the shows get better as the next few days progress, so we'll list this roundup in reverse chronological order:
-- The Lemonheads, Thursday at the Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave., with Money Mark and Frosted (9:30 p.m., $10).

Running behind schedule a couple weeks ago, Lemonheads leader Evan Dando missed a phone interview but was kind enough to call later and leave a ``virtual interview'' on voice-mail, making his best guesses as to what the questions would be.

Apparently, a lot of folks have been asking him about "Purple Parallelogram,'' a song he co-wrote with Noel Gallagher of Oasis that appeared on advance copies of the band's new album, "Car Button Cloth,'' but was cut before the actual CD came out.

"Oh, right, Oasis,'' Dando ruminated knowingly to the answering machine. "Well, I was just hanging out with them when my tour was ending in August of '94, and I had nothing to do, so I just jumped in the van with Oasis. It seemed like a good idea at the time. And we wrote this silly song.''

Which is all well and good, but unfortunately, what we really wanted to ask Dando about was ``Knoxville Girl,'' a traditional country-folk tune made famous by the Louvin Brothers in the 1950s that makes a surprising appearance on the new Lemonheads album (in a significantly rocked-up manner). Alas, Dando's motivation for that song selection remains a mystery.

 

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