Alex Cameron - Live in San Francisco Vinyl LP
Alex Cameron Live in San Francisco Vinyl LP
"Here we have the final entry into our Live In San Francisco series: an intimate evening with Alex Cameron and his indispensable sax man, Roy Molloy performing at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, a very classy and lovingly maintained venue originally built in 1907 on Market Street, just a pube or two into the Castro District. I was first introduced to Alex Cameron by Adam Beris, a real swell fellow who's been drawing Castle Faces for us for years. He asked if I had heard of this "Suicide meets sad Springsteen" act and showed me the mysterious Geocities-style website (complete with shady porn ads).
I was immediately hooked on the skeletal throb, the stark portraits of hard luck losers, the ego-maniacal squares, and the swagger on this prosthetically wrinkled Australian song and dance man. On a paid website, as he reminds us. Both sharp-witted and steeped in thespian courage, this is exactly what the world needed in this hungry, hungry time we live in.
"We got in touch, things led to other things, and when Alex was opening for Oh Sees at the Chapel in San Francisco we hatched a plan to make a live record. Al and Roy are the real deal, folks and this wasn't to be just any old show. I was determined to do something a little special, and I got the idea from working on John's book of poster art to bill it as a semi-formal, encourage people to ‘get dressed up and messed up' as John puts it, and do it in a classy sort of hall, make it muy romantico. We got flowers from the Mission De Flores, one of which made it to the cover, the champagne and fine wines flowed, and I like to think we helped San Francisco get a little luckier that night. There's flower petals all over the mix here; Roy's sax slinks sultrily, Al is in fine form, adding the occasional barb on the stem, sounding well oiled and comfortably bantering between tunes, and Justin Nijssen hangs back and window-dresses the whole thing with some well placed guitar and a few backups.
Alex Cameron Live in San Francisco Track Listing:
2. Happy Ending
3. Real Bad Looking
4. The Comeback
5. She’s Mine
6. The Internet
7. Take Care Of Business
8. Candy May
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