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Good Listening: The Lemonheads – Live in Chicago – 7/4/94

When Beth and I had our little vinyl meetup the other day, we spent a good amount of time talking about Evan Dando and The Lemonheads.

It's A Shame About Ray and Come On Feel The Lemonheads are two of my 90s desert island discs from my teenage years. If it was possible to wear holes in a CD, I would have done it with those two albums, without a doubt.

Beth was telling me about attending a post-Lemonheads Evan Dando solo show at the old Grog Shop that featured Juliana Hatfield playing with Evan, and a setlist featuring pretty much the entire It's A Shame About Ray album.

I'll admit that I had severe reservations when Dando resurrected the Lemonheads name a few years back for a new self-titled album release, until I heard the album and found it to be a release worthy of the Lemonheads banner. My good friend Pat and I were at the new Grog Shop on a chilly night in December 2006 to see Dando and his band play a setlist featuring a number of songs from the new album, and also plenty of old favorites. With "The Great Big No" as the first song of the night, I knew it was going to be a great show, and the Grog Shop was the perfect intimate setting for a night of 90s nostalgia.

Sometime after that, I got my hands on this bootleg of a 1994 Lemonheads radio broadcast, recorded live at Grant Park in Chicago. Clocking in at just under an hour, Dando and crew run through 20 of your Lemonheads favorites. Lemonheads candy might make you grimace, but this set will make you smile big for days.

I listen to this show on my Ipod at least once every couple of weeks!


Petrillo Shell
Grant Park
Chicago, IL

broadcast by WXRT-FM

complete zipped download

Down About It
Rest Assured
It's A Shame About Ray
Rockin' Stroll
Favorite T
Hannah & Gabi
Ride With Me
Big Gay Heart
My Drug Buddy
Into Your Arms
Allison Is Starting To Happen
The Great Big No
Paid To Smile
It's About Time
Dawn Can't Decide
You Can Take It With You
Being Around

Relevant Links:

Purchase It's A Shame About Ray collector's edition from Amazon - CD

Come On Feel The Lemonheads - CD

The Lemonheads - CD or MP3

Best of The Lemonheads: The Atlantic Years - CD

  • m1chael0

    Great stuff – thanks. Evan’s solo stuff like Frying Pan and All My Life is sweet but there’s nothing like the ‘Heads in their prime.

  • Swapmeet Louie

    COOOL!!!!! Thank you for this!!!! I agree with M1chaelo… nothing like the ‘Heads in their prime. Thank you!

  • Rob Lambert

    Man, I loved those two records too. Jingly jangly pop perfection in my book. Of course, “It’s a Shame About Ray” is a classic start to finish, but I’m surprised that “Come on…” wasn’t more popular. I loved “It’s About Time”, “Down About It”, “Rest Assured” and I used to even perform “Being Around”.

    Thanks for the download, I’ll check it out … I was there at Grant Park … interesting day of music with Squeeze and Poi Dog sharing the bill.


    Ooooo, just noticed there’s going to be a “Shame About Ray” vinyl re-issue! Yay! Only 13 bucks at Amazon.

  • Rob Lambert

    Whoa … the Lemonhead recording from Grant Park is top notch! Thanks again for sharing.

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  • Jon

    Thank you so much for this post, I often refer to “Ray” as one of my desert island albums, I knew the shit out of all of their albums, and love hearing these live versions with a little extra “oomph” behind them, thanks again!

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