World Cafe host David Dye recently put the World Cafe: Next spotlight on The Vulgar Boatmen. The band began in the early Eighties as two bands, one led by Robert Ray in Florida, the other by Dale Lawrence in Indiana.
They collaborated long distance on songwriting, sending cassettes and four track tapes through the mail to create their music, and released a handful of critically acclaimed albums including their 1989 debut, You And Your Sister. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album, You and Your Sister is being reissued on November 28th.
You And Your Sister is an album you need to hear if you’re a fan of the driving rhythms and hypnotic melodies of the Feelies, and the jangly draw of R.E.M.’s Murmur. It’s an absolutely stunning collection of songs with a back-porch Velvet Underground vibe. Below, download a World Cafe: Next podcast with two songs from the album, the title song, and “Decision By The Airport,” and watch the trailer from a 2010 documentary about the band, Drive Somewhere.
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