Sunday, October 09, 2005

Their Eminence: Mary Had A Little Lamb (Limited Editions S-001)

Here we have a macabre, psychedelic take on the old familiar nursery rhyme by a Southern California group. As far as I know, this is their only single. The b-side is something called "Go Ahead And Hurt Me," an okay pop ditty no doubt designed to make all ten of their girl fans swoon. But we won't be focusing on that. We will instead concentrate on the much-better A-side.

We get the usual tale of Mary and her little lamb with its fleece as white as snow. It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule.....and turns out to have dire consequences. "They cut the lamb/into little tiny bits/It really was a gas!" Hahahahahahaha!

As for the backing itself, there's lots of snotty fuzz guitar and growling organ all set against a 6/8 time measure. This version of a nursery rhyme is no doubt appropriate for the upcoming Halloween season....or anytime you want someone to think you're an oddball.

BTW, "Mary" has been comped on the Bacchus Archives compilation "Seeds Turn To Flowers Turn To Dust" as the lead-off track. Should you want to hear this (and me thinks you should) and can't find the 45, there's another place for you to turn.

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