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Artist: The Billy Nayer Show
Song Notes: Thirteen Ugly Children Roll GutterballsThis is another band that I love, and another band with connections to the world of film! The band was named after leader Cory McAbee's first film "Billy Nayer", and he's gone on to make a couple other short films and the feature The American Astronaut, a black-and-white, surreal space-western comedy-musical. (Believe me, it works! I've seen it a bunch of times.... even before it was released on DVD!) This is from the album Return To Brigadoon, and is a re-recording of a song they put on their first self-titled full-length. It's probably my favorite BNS song, it's naive and sweet and actually pretty rockin' as well. Definitely something to check out. (Also, a while ago, Andrew posted "Must Be Santa" from a 7" (and also the short film The Man on the Moon), so you might remember them from that! But this isn't from a film.) Cory McAbee is also an amazing visual artist, who's completely self-taught. The records are kind of hard to find in stores (though I've found them from time to time!), so you can pick them up from the band for a really good price. I especially recommend Return To Brigadoon, The Villain That Love Built and The American Astronaut soundtrack. - Rev. Syung Myung Me
Revme.Vox.Com: As I alluded to in my last post, last night I saw The Billy Nayer Show at the Rendevous here in Seattle—and it was, of course, amazing. The bulk of the set (basically everything but the encores) was all new stuff, and I'm just going to say that I CANNOT WAIT for the new record to come out—it's going to be EXCELLENT. It's a lot more rockin' than their other records are, too. But it's just amazingly good stuff and there's a reason the BNS are one of the best bands goin'. This is probably my all-time favorite song of theirs, which has been the closing song of their set for a really long time. I always thought this song was incredibly sweet—just sort of a naive, fumbling attempt at love, where he's really just trying his best. He doesn't quite know how to go about it, but he's trying and his naïvety is utterly charming. Some folks get a creepy vibe from the narrator—I don't at all. It's a very sweet, good-natured beautiful song. I adore this one. Just a wonderful piece of songwriting. - Rev. Syung Myung Me