0019. Lovage – Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By [2001]


This album’s title is by no means a misnomer, although it works a lot better if you’re both into trip-hop and/or Mike Patton.  I think it’s fuckin’ fantastic.  Great for any fans of Portishead, Massive Attack, Lamb, Thievery Corporation, etc.  The particularly notable tracks on this album are Anger Management, To Catch A Thief, Strangers On A Train, Sex (I’m A), Book Of The Month and finally, Archie & Veronica.  Definitely keep your tender earholes open wide for those gems.

I never got a chance to see this group live, and I kinda doubt I’ll ever get a chance.  This (as far as I know) is the only album they’ve ever released.  Really too bad, because I’d love to hear some new stuff from them someday.  Anyway, check it out.  Make sure to click the picture above to go to my podcast site where you can hear the album in its entirety.

Without any further ado…

Wikipedia Says:

Nathaniel Merriweather Presents… Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By is the 2001 debut and so far only album of Lovage. Lovage is a studio supergroupfeaturing Dan the Automatorproducing, Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles on vocals, Kid Koala on the turntables, Brandon Arnovick (as Astacio the Nudist) on guitar, Daniels Spills on keyboards and SweetP on harpsichord & noseflute.

Dan the Automator provides trip hop beats while the vocals mostly consist of Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles engaging in sultry and provocative dialogue. Nevertheless, the overall tone of the album is tongue-in-cheek. The album cover is an homage toSerge Gainsbourg’s second album. The song “Sex (I’m A)” was originally written and performed by 1980s New Wave band Berlin. The Lovage version differs significantly from the original. The album features many references to Alfred Hitchcock, most notably the titles of the songs “To Catch a Thief“, “Lifeboat“, and “Strangers on a Train“, which were all named after the movies, and contain re-dubbed excerpts. The album title itself also refers to an album Hitchcock appeared on in 1956 titled Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Music to Be Murdered By.

An instrumental version of the album[8]has also been published.

Track listing

No. Title Additional artist(s) Length
1. “Ladies Love Chest Rockwell” Vocals: Prince Paul (as Chest Rockwell, the alias used for Handsome Boy Modeling School) 1:19
2. “Pit Stop (Take Me Home)” 3:56
3. “Anger Management (Why Must God Punish Me)” 4:17
4. “Everyone Has a Summer” Scratches: Kid Koala 4:16
5. “To Catch a Thief” 3:17
6. “Lies and Alibis” 3:16
7. “Herbs, Good Hygiene & Socks” Vocals: Afrika Bambaataa 1:55
8. “Book of the Month” 4:28
9. “Lifeboat” 4:45
10. “Strangers on a Train” 4:36
11. “Lovage (Love That Lovage, Baby)” Vocals: Damon Albarn (as Sir Damien Thorne VII of the Cockfoster’s Clan) 1:04
12. Sex (I’m A)” (Berlin cover) 6:19
13. “Koala’s Lament” Scratches: Kid Koala 3:53
14. “Tea Time with Maseo” Vocals: Maseo (as Chármelle Carmel) from De La Soul 1:38
15. “Stroker Ace” 4:29
16. “Archie & Veronica” 6:05



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