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Last week Matador Records treated Yo La Tengo fans to “Periodically Double Or Triple,” the first single off the band’s upcoming September release, Popular Songs.  If you’ve been following along the past few months than you’re well aware of our sincere appreciation for YLT’s other project, that of fictional garage rock revivalists Condo Fucks.  But this post is neither about Yo La Tengo nor Condo Fucks, this is about Prince — well, to a point it is, anyhow.

Like Ciccone Youth’s the Whitey Album before it, That Skinny Motherfucker With The High Voice? is the sound of an underground take on the highest of mainstream pop culture.  Whereas Sonic Youth was inspired by the inescapable oeuvre of the Madonna of the 1980s, here Yo La Tengo’s James McNew lovingly runs through a selection of Prince songs.  Think of it as a four-track, home-recorded, homage of sorts.  The individual tracks range from the acoustically strummed to churning electric guitar backed by distorted ambiance with programmed laptop beats.  The reason Skinny Motherfucker works, bypassing senseless pastiche, is that it’s immediately evident McNew is a fan of The Artist.  Would the majority of Prince fans ‘get’ this?  Most likely not.  Would YLT/Prince fans ‘get’ this.  Absolutely.  Originally released in 1998 on cassette, the collection later saw a compact disc release in 2001 with five additional tracks.  Those interested in the origins of the Skinny Motherfucker project can read our April interview with McNew HERE.

The title That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice? comes from the Prince song “Bob George” (from The Black Album) in which Prince assumes the identity of a cursing, gun-wielding alter ego who murders a woman while dismissing himself as “that skinny motherfucker with the high voice.” (Via)

Download:
MP3: Dump :: Raspberry Beret (Prince cover)
MP3: Dump :: When You Mine (Prince cover)

MP3: Yo La Tengo :: Periodically Double Or Triple
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9 Responses to “That Skinny Motherfucker With The High Voice?”

  1. oh, this is fantastic

  2. The links to the Dump Mp3s seem to dump to the Yo La Tengo

  3. I’d be happy enough w/ new YLT, but the McNew tracks make me friggin’ giddy. You sir, are a wonderful man.

  4. Prince fans – Grab this version of raspberry beret (with two R’s) has Claude Coleman Jr from ween/skunk singing back-ups.

    http://www.last.fm/music/Aviso%27+Hara/Made+From+Scratch

    had fun recording it with him eons ago.

    this skinny MFWHV is very cool. thanks!

    later

    D

  5. raspberry beret is a warren written song. price recorded it but warren zevon wrote it.

  6. I’m a couple weeks late, but I can’t let the misinformation from #5 stand. Prince wrote Raspberry Beret… Zevon (with REM minus Stipe, they called themselves the Hindu Love Gods) recorded a cover of it.

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  8. […] In more Prince news, check out a couple cuts from one of the best-named tribute albums ever: That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice. Dump does two tunes at Aquarium Drunkard. […]

  9. This just hit me in the car today as the two songs came up next to each other on shuffle; I had never thought of the similarities before. Figured I’d share here since I don’t know where else I would, even if this is a pretty old post —

    Cherry Chapstick – “There’s a girl with cherry chapstick on and nothing more”

    Raspberry Beret – “She wore a raspberry beret / and if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more”

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