I caught Austin’s Harlem twice last weekend here in town; Friday night at a house party in Chinatown and the following night at Spaceland. As expected, both shows were beautifully unhinged; the wheels teetering, barely staying on the tracks as the trio bashed out Lenny Kaye approved blasts of garage rock strewn with keen pop sensibilities.

As I’ve mentioned here in the past, the band has an interesting, if eclectic, ear when it comes to cover material (Royal Trux, Devo, The Flamin’ Groovies, etc). While I don’t remember catching any of the aforementioned covers this past weekend, I did end up in a conversation with someone at the bar concerning the band’s surprisingly sober/bizarre cover of Q Lazzarus’sGoodbye Horses.” Yes, that Goodbye Horses;” the tune one Jame Gumb “dances” to in his lair during the last third of Silence of The Lambs. Ah yes…the ‘tuck‘.

If you’re heading to Austin during the Film/Interactive portion of SXSW, Harlem, covered in BBQ sauce, will be playing Aquarium Drunkard’s party Saturday night (at Red Eye Fly) with The Strange Boys and Vega. I doubt you’ll hear any Q Lazzarus jams but with any luck you will catch some”South of France.”

MP3: Harlem :: Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus cover)
MP3: Harlem :: South of France
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11 Responses to “Harlem :: Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus cover)”

  1. Not the Aquarium Drunkard sect would especially care, but The Airborne Toxic Event has been doing a killer cover of the same song for the last year or so.

    That Harlem record is pretty good.

  2. I would fuck me.

    and this cover.

  3. Harlem, vega, and strange boys= money well spent!

  4. have you heard this recent cover of “Goodbye Horses?” reaaaaally like this one and the band’s really great as well: http://cllct.com/release/postcardsfromtelstar

  5. Do you need a film or music badge for that party at red eyed?

  6. @Will – no badge required

  7. would you fuck me? I’d fuck me.

  8. I’m not sure if the song is creepy first, or if it’s creepy because it accompanies one of the creepiest scenes in film history. That said, despite the bizarre and uncomfortable feeling that washes over the goosebumps it gives me, I can’t turn away when it’s playing.

    It puts the lotion on its skin.

  9. @jcrosby – yeah, I will never be able to disassociate the track with that scene in the flick.

    - Signed

    Buffalo Bill

  10. This cover intro’d me to Harlem a while back, great tune.

    Would love to see them in Canada sometime…

  11. check out my cover of goodbye horses at http://www.myspace.com/esionofnoise

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