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Gruesome Twosome: Baroque’n Records Edition

The Cake: “Medieval Love”
LP: The Cake, 1967

The Left Banke: “Barterers and Their Wives”
LP: Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina, 1967

For reasons unknown, the mid ’60s rock music scene underwent a collective fascination with the old (or should I say “olde”). The precious sounds of harpsichords, violins and mandolins made certain artists sound like wandering troupes of Renaissance Faire musicians, as these two selections demonstrate. The Cake was an overlooked girl trio who filled their debut album with pseudo-Ronettes ditties, R&B covers, and oddly progressive psychedelic odes such as the soothing “Medieval Love”. “Barterers and Their Wives” is another lovely nugget from criminally short-lived New Yorkers The Left Banke. Thanks to Patrick for The Cake.

6 Thoughts on “Gruesome Twosome: Baroque’n Records Edition

  1. Mass Bradley on August 3, 2006 at 8:49 am said:

    Wish they’d all shut up and shave their legs.

  2. Hmm, feeling sexist aren’t we Brad?

    By the way, has your episode of Showtime’s Brotherhood aired yet?

  3. Mass Bradley on August 3, 2006 at 8:54 pm said:

    Guilty as charged! What is it about braying little porridge-eating, reedy-voiced, Mary Quant-clad British girls that sets my sexist teeth on edge?
    I’ll have to ask my therapist.
    On a lighter topic–Yes, Thank You for remembering– it was episode 4, debuted last Sunday, and is now in perpetual replay via “On Demand”. I shot it last August and was 75 pounds heavier– bizarre seeing my old self, rounder self!
    Thank God for Slim Fast.
    And therapists…

  4. Nancy on August 7, 2006 at 5:49 am said:

    That’s not the same Left Bank who did “Walk Away Renee,” is it?

  5. Yes, it is.

  6. Nancy on August 8, 2006 at 3:56 pm said:

    The version of that song on the new Linda Ronstadt CD is gorgeous…

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