Wednesday, December 6, 2017

When You're Young, Typical Girls & Something Else-1979

When I was young, squinting in the sun and taking pictures with classmates who weren't actually friends-1984.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Soft Set- Best Of All Possible Worlds b/w Funny Angel

Photo by Ralph Eugene Meatyard

The last of our imaginary singles, click either song title to download

A-Side- The Best of All Possible Worlds
B-Side- Funny Angel

William Crain-vocals & guitar
Matthew Baab- guitar
Hayden Childs- piano/organ
Marshall Crenshaw- bass
Charlie Ewing- drums, vocals & trumpet


all songs copyright Wm Crain 2017


Monday, November 20, 2017

The Soft Set-My Movie b/w The Hand As Dealt

Photo by Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Here's the second of our three imaginary singles-click either song title to download.
"Everything's benevolent with the coming of night".

A-Side-My Movie
B-Side-The Hand As Dealt


William Crain-vocals, guitar & harmonica
Matthew Baab- guitar
Hayden Childs- piano/organ
Marshall Crenshaw- bass
Charlie Ewing- drums, vocals & trumpet

*Matthew Cochran-alto sax on The Hand As Dealt


all songs copyright Wm Crain 2017




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Soft Set-Give Up The Ghost b/w Between The Lines

Photo by Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Here are the first two of the last six songs The Soft Set recorded in 2005 with the final five man line-up. I've decided to post these songs two at a time because I like the way they work as the A & B sides of three imaginary singles. The sweet sound of giving up, now go break up your band!  Click anywhere on the song titles to download both.


William Crain-vocals & guitar
Matthew Baab- guitar
Hayden Childs- piano/organ
Marshall Crenshaw- bass
Charlie Ewing- drums, vocals & trumpet

all songs copyright Wm Crain 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Where Will It End?



 In these times this song seems more appropriate than ever.

On a lighter note I really enjoyed the Blade Runner sequel, it was so much better than I expected it to be, will probably see it again soon.

Current Listening: NRBQ-Grooves in Orbit, The Clientele-Music For The Age of Miracles, Flamin' Groovies-Fantastic Plastic, Banarama-Deep Sea Skiving (deluxe edition), Looking Forward The Works of Big Star, David Bowie & Friends-1980 Floor Show, Marc Bolan-Zip Gun, Making Time-A Shel Talmy Production, The Seeds-Singles A's & B's,  Joe Gibbs compilations, cd-86 and Link Wray- eponymous vinyl reissue. 



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Soft Set Play "The Hit"- Live At The Mercury 2002

Wm, Dave, Brad & Charlie

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I came across this live recording of my old band The Soft Set recently in a pile of my stuff.  I think this was in 2002 or early 2003 at a club called The Mercury down on 6th St., despite the small crowd (par for the course) and some slight problems (broken string makes my guitar briefly go out of tune on track 10-a good song which I had totally forgotten about) I think we sound pretty damn good. Four songs that weren't on our two CD's appear here, and everything has more energy and drive than the recordings, we certainly weren't twee as one might have been lead to believe by our name (my fault) and some of our reviews. We even reluctantly "play the hit" as a wag in the audience requests at the end.

Some additional thoughts after listening- there was a dry and sometimes perverse humor to the lyrics that was easy to miss as most people don't listen to lyrics, especially in a live setting- for instance opening a show with a song whose lyrics include lines like "I do my best to block out the world, I do my best and I don't get the girl" and "I'm just waiting to get back in bed, I'm just waiting to go back to sleep, I don't want anything from you" is, to me at least, funny and not exactly courting favor from the audience. I can almost hear an old school cigar chomping manager somewhere saying "What the hell are you doing kid ??? The audience, THEY WANT TO LIKE YOU!!!"

There's also intentional humor in "Warm Afternoon" especially on lines like "I was in love, and you were just pissed off" which still makes me laugh. Most of the good stage patter between songs is from our bass player Brad, such as the bit about his underwear which he displayed (hearts on it as I remember it, which may date this as Feb. 2003 rather than 2002), and comments like "give yourself a round of applause" "this one is for the fans" and this being "kind of an intimate show"- intentional understatement.

1. Mind Is Down (Dreams Unfurl) 
2. St. Franci
3. The Way She Smiles
4. Stephanie
5. Standing Around
6. Back of My Mind
7. Maplewood Avenue
8. Brief Glimmer of Hope
9. I Wanted To Say
10. The Things That Came Before (Warm Afternoon)
11. Record On


Making the nature scene