CD - "Works by Tuli Kupferberg" by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners

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"Works by Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010), As Interpreted (And/Or Misinterpreted) by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners"

15 song CD released on Don Giovanni Records, 2018, recorded by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners (featuring Steve Espinola and Peter Stampfel!).

Underground legend Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) was always the oldest man in rock and roll, co-founding the Fugs in the winter of 1964-1965 when he was already in his early 40s.  Being twice the age of Dylan, Reed, Jagger, et. al, never stopped Tuli from consistently being more outrageous.  Latter-day bohemian torch-bearer Jeffrey Lewis befriended Tuli in the early 2000s, and has personally organized “Tuli-day” memorial tribute concerts every year since Tuli’s passing.  This album documents some of the finer fruits of Jeffrey’s tribute arrangements, drawing from a four-decade range of Tuli’s various creative voices, from poignant 60s classics (“Morning Morning”) to never-recorded lyrics (“Listen to the Mockingbird”), poems set to music (“The And Song”), works that Tuli called parasongs (“I Wanna Hold Your Foot”) and later-period Fugs gems (“Try to Be Joyful”).  Across the board Jeffrey Lewis directs a co-ed band of wild and wooly cohorts, including original Fugs member Peter Stampfel, to bring the same surprising interpretive life to these covers as he brought to his critically-acclaimed “12 Crass Songs” album.  Whether or not you’re a Fugs fan or a Jeffrey Lewis fan, “Works by Tuli Kupferberg” is a rollicking, laughing, tear-jerking, psychedelic ride through a hidden history of New York City folk-punk sub-genius.  Recorded in the free-wheeling spirit of the original 1965 Fugs recordings, this is an album fifty years in the making.
 

Tracks:

1) What Are You Doing After The Orgy?

2) Try To Be Joyful

3) Morning Morning

4) I Wanna Hold Your Foot

5) Not Enough Loving

6) This Is A Hit Song

7) This Train Is Bound For Brooklyn

8) Carpe Diem

9) Love & Ashes

10) Hypothalamus

11) Life Is Strange 

12) Listen To The Mockingbird 

13) The And Song 

14) I Was Much Mistaken 

15) No Deposit No Return 

TOTAL TIME: 48 minutes

 

Credits:

Jeffrey Lewis = guitar, vocal, keyboard, melodica, and producing 
Brian Speaker = electric lead guitar, and engineering/recording 
Steve Espinola = piano, electric tennis racket, vocal 
Peter Stampfel = fiddle, vocal 
Mem Pahl = bass, vocal 
Brent Cole = drums, vocal 
Heather Wagner = drums, vocal 
Spencer Chakedis = mandolin, vocal 
Rebecca Tilles = bass, vocal 
Rachel Swaner = melodica, vocal 
Julie LaMendola = vocal 
Leslie Graves = vocal

 

 

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