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The Thorn In Mrs. Rose's Side/Children Of Light

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A cult hero to many of new 'weird folk's' heavy hitters including Devendra Banhart, Biff Rose was an odd singer/songwriter who didn't fit into any comfortable niche when he emerged in the late 1960s. Often sounding like a Broadway songwriter with his jaunty piano and bouncy singalong melodies, the New Orleans pianist was like a vaudeville entertainer reincarnated as a spacy hippie. He added an arch, whimsical tone and sarcastic, ironic undercurrents to his songs that both reflected and mocked the counterculture, much like fellow musician and sometime collaborator, Van Dyke Parks. Highly revered by David Bowie, who covered the Biff Rose songs 'Fill Your Heart' (co-written by Paul Williams) on his Hunky Dory album and 'Buzz The Fuzz' in live performances. Rose also achieved some notoriety in the late 60's via network television appearances, particularly on Johnny Carson's show. Devendra Banhart probably states it best in his own inimitable way when he writes: 'Biff Rose writes and sings from the heart of the universe...he is the good earth gently stomped upwards, and while I don't mean he, his music is a hermaphrodite child from wisdonville.' We couldn't have said it better. Water Records. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mama's Boy
  2. Angel Tension
  3. Fill Your Heart
  4. Paradise Almost Lost (Poem)
  5. Molly
  6. The Stars
  7. It's Happening
  8. What's Gnawing At Me
  9. Buzz The Fuzz
  10. Gentle People
  11. The Man
  12. Ain't No Great Day
  13. Communist Sympathizer
  14. Evolution
  15. Just Like A Man
  16. American Waltz
  17. Son in Moon
  18. Children Of Light
  19. Ballad Of Cliches
  20. To Baby
  21. Color Blind Blues
  22. Spaced Out / I've Got You Covered
  23. Take Care Of My Brother (Bonus Track)
  24. Myrtle's Pies (Bonus Track)


Product details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B000AA4K8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,949 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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