Lemonheads + Gibby Haynes = Mixtape!


G. G. Allin
meets Townes Van Zandt; Leonard Cohen meets Sam Gopal. The most insane
collection of covers since that Rutles tribute album…


By Blurt Staff



signed to Brooklyn, NY-based THE END
RECORDS and will be releasing their long-awaited covers collection, VARSHONS, on June 23, 2009.

It makes sense that the new album from The Lemonheads sounds like a mix tape
slipped to you by a music-obsessed friend anxious to turn you on to something
new. In fact, the idea for the band’s new covers record was inspired by Gibby Haynes, ringmaster of the Butthole Surfers, who for years has
made mixes for his longtime friend Evan Dando. “Making a good mix is an
art, and Gibby has it down,” says Dando. “I thought it would be fun
to share these songs with other people like he shared them with me. So I picked
the ‘greatest hits’ from his mixes and covered them, along with a few other
songs I always wanted to play.”  

VARSHONS was produced by Haynes and features Dando along with Vess Ruhtenburg (bass) and Devon Ashley (drums). The collection
is filled with strange bedfellows – from G.G. Allin to Texas
troubadour Townes Van Zandt and
garage rockers The Green Fuz. 
The Lemonheads make each track their own, with help from actress Liv Tyler, singing back up on Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No
Way To Say Goodbye,” and Kate Moss,
who sings over the dance groove of Arling
& Cameron’s “Dirty Robot,” which also features lead guitar
by John Perry on loan from The Only Ones.

VARSHONS unearths a pair of psychedelic treasures with “Yesterlove” –
a song recorded in 1969 by the group Sam
Gopal featuring future Motorhead
bassist Lemmy Kilmister – and
“Dandelion Seeds” from July,
record collector’s Registered Landmark Band. For “Layin’ Up With
Linda,” the band filters Allin’s
cold-blooded tale through the swaggering country-honk of The Stones’ “Dead



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