To give you an indication of its ascent towards pensioner status ‘Black Car’ was originally released on vinyl EP. Yep those black roundy things were capable of holding more than 2 songs when played at 45 RPM, in this case Black Tambourine managed to squeeze 4 numbers onto their ‘By Tomorrow’ 7-inch. Signed to the still functioning Slumberland Records Black Tambourine were a product of the times they found themselves in, namely they were acutely adept at producing vast chasms of blazing guitars topped with dreamy female vocals (in this case Pam Berry’s). You’ll hear the Jesus & Mary Chain and the Pale Saints coursing through it veins. Black Tambourine were but a fleeting object of desire as they only officially released 9 songs, played only a handful of gigs and dissipated after 2 short years of breathless creativity. KD
Black Tambourine – Black Car
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I LOVE this song!
I wouldn’t say “signed,” since Mike Schulman was a member of Black Tambourine and remains the owner of Slumberland to this day… but this is a fantastic single no matter how you slice it. A recurring favorite that improbably fused fuzz and doo-wop… and the 10th BT song, “I Was Wrong” (appearing only on the “complete recordings” CD) is no slouch either.
Just wanted to say I love your muzak blog…you’ve got great taste, nice short writeups, and you stick to a consistent MP3 naming convention…which is surprisingly rare!>>Thanks for the tunes!
Why thank you jalapeÃ±o – I like to keep ’em clean ;) Quite a revealing blog you have there!