Saturday, June 13, 2009

Richard Quinn: Lint Picking, 1966


One of the most underrated folk singers of our time, Richard Quinn, provides a touching array of numbers focusing on his childhood trials and tribulations. The son of an alcoholic taxidermist and circus performer (his mother was a sword swallower), Quinn was no stranger to emotional and physical upheaval. Having lived in 26 states by the time he turned 19 (before finally settling in Wyoming), Quinn provides a rich patchwork of Americana interwoven with overwhelming hopelessness. If you need a good cry, this is THE album to buy!

Tracks include:

No More Booze for Baby
I Guess this is Texas
Dead Pet Decorations
Stop Making Jokes about My Mom
California Wasn’t Half Bad
The Animals Just Keep Staring
Big Top Terror
Why Wyoming?

AND, BONUS TRACK:

Side-Show Valentine (a beautiful duet with eventual wife, BB, the bearded lady).

3 comments:

  1. A friend of mine saw the jacket Richard Quinn is wearing on this cover, and she said, "That can't be 1966. My dad had that jacket in 1972. I know because he was Salesman of the Year at Larry's Oil and Refinance. We got a free vacation to New Orleans that year."

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  2. Interesting you bring this up, GFF. The Jacket Quinn is wearing is part of his own personal collection. Wardrobed in circus garb from an early age, he developed an affinity for plaid jackets and striped sports coats, resulting in his signature look termed, "circus-chic". In the years that followed "Lint Picking", many designers hopped on the plaid jacket bandwagon creating a checkered reality for one and all. SO, while I don't doubt your friend's father had a jacket of similar ilk, I assure you, this record debuted in 1966. (September 2nd to be exact...look it up!!!)

    peace
    kr

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