September 23, 2011

The Embarrassment............ ...........Retrospective (1984 cassette)


1992 - Deep in post-college wandering mode; somewhere between Guatemala and the coast of California; in a Subaru that needed a new CV joint, I took up an invitation to visit my friends, Peter and Tracey, in Lawrence, Kansas.  With small bits of my fingers and half the engine sitting in Peter's driveway, I had only a Chilton manual to guide me back. So with good friends, and good music, I stayed most of the summer and got a job to pay rent. At some point, between nightshifts at the junkmail factory sorting crap by zip-code, I picked up this swell red tape of horny pop-punk. I had ventured far into Embarrassment territory. 



Once I got the CV joint in and most of the Subaru back together I Traveled West playing that tape the rest of the way to San Francisco.

The car got towed by the city that fall, and I ended up staying there for 11 years, 3 occupations, 1 wife, and 1 daughter. And the tape made it back to Philly with us.

The other songs were rereleased on Heyday.

3 comments:

  1. There are some fantastic videos out there of The Embos that put you RIGHT THERE in Kansas 1981-82.

    To wit:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N9E3mv_D6c
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycKvGHia5Ms
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePJb9kmJk1A

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  2. As I was putting the tape away, I noticed the liner notes:

    "...it was never without the gangly awkwardness that made their sound so endearing. It was the voice of an All-American adolescent in a state of socio-sexual confusion. The kid who was ready to destroy the world if he ever got his car started...." -Dave Wheeler

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  3. "Drive Me To the (Golden Gate) Park!"

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