So there’s this band that started out in San Francisco that Mr. Royale I like, Deerhoof. We particularly enjoyed this track, “Flower,” from their 2003 album, Apple O’.
Fast forward a few years; the band has moved east and has released a few more albums, including most recently our favorite, the 2012 Breakup Song. On that disc, there’s also a song entitled, “Flower,” but it sounds a little like this:
And then the other day, while I was going through a Throwing Muses phase, I mentioned their song, “Cry Baby Cry” to Mr. Royale. He thought I meant the version from the 1987 EP, Chains Changed:
Yet I was referring to the Lennon-McCartney cover (he didn’t know existed!) from the 1990 Not Too Soon EP:
So what gives?! Are these fraternal twin recordings just to fuck with our heads and the libraries of music lovers everywhere? Are they reflective of a supreme lack of creativity on the part of the artists? Do they represent band ghosts that have yet to be exorcised?
And can you think of other examples of this doppelganger musical form?