Quintessential Albums :: Come On Feel the Lemonheads (1993) :: The Lemonheads
A Little History:
Come On Feel the Lemonheads, by The Lemonheads, was released on October 12, 1993.
Although the album did not maintain the same popularity as the previous album, It’s a Shame About Ray, Come on Feel the Lemonheads reached # 56 on the Billboard 200, making it the Lemonheads’ highest ever chart position to date.
The album produced the singles It’s About Time, Big Gay Heart, The Great Big No and Into Your Arms, which reached # 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks for nine weeks (from November 6, 1993 to January 1, 1994) a record at the time in which they shared with U2.
Rolling Stone magazine said of the album on its release:
“Dando delivers clever wordplay and deep, harmonious vocals. On ‘Paid to Smile’ he recognizes the landslide of poster-boy press he’s gotten, then brushes it off. He would rather sing about everyday stuff, like how water goes down the drain backward in Australia, the loss of his favorite T-shirts to former lovers and how it must feel to be a girl with razor stubble on your legs. The music surrounding these minitales is mainly melodic pop with a new-found country flavor, but like Dando, these sounds would rather have spur-of-the-moment fun than evoke deep passion.”
Paul Moody, from the NME, wrote in part of his review of the album:
“In essence, then, ‘Come on Feel The Lemonheads’ is all it purports to be: a chance to dip into Evan’s jumbled-up, dope-smoking love-buggy of a life and celebrate it while we can, before things get too heavy and start working out. As Evan would no doubt tell you himself, why spend your life under a cloud when you can pack up your jeans, T-shirt and sneakers and be somewhere on the other side of the world if you try hard enough.
Time, then, to behold one of pop’s great dreamers. Long may he daze.”
The album featured main band members (at the time) Evan Dando, Vess Ruhtenberg and Devon Ashley, along with some help from Juliana Hatfield.
What Makes This “Quintessential” to me?
I can’t remember which came first, me falling in love with The Lemonheads and the album Come on Feel The Lemonheads, or me falling in love with the short-lived television series, My So-Called Life (which came out a year later to this album’s release), and the music from it, most especially Buffalo Tom and The Lemonheads. I can’t seem to listen to this album without memories and feelings about the show, and the friendships I forged through being a fan of it. I remember hearing the cover of Mrs. Robinson on the radio, and an amazing live version of My Drug Buddy (my favorite Lemonheads song ever) on a KCRW radio compilation, but it wasn’t until this album, and/or My So-Called Life, that I found myself really hooked on Evan Dando and his music.
This is my favorite of The Lemonheads album, the one that I listen to the most often, and that I tend to go to for songs to fit into playlists and mixes. I love every song on the album and they are all ones that I just have to sing-a-long to. Come On Feel The Lemonheads is in my top-five all-time albums that will always cheer me up.
This album also can be credited for the start of my long-standing crush on Mr. Dando.
My Top 5 Favorite Songs:
1 Great Big No
“She’ll be right,
they always go bye the bye.”
2. Being Around
“If I was a haircut would you wear a hat?
If I was a maid, could I clean your flat?
If I was the carpet would you wipe your feet,
in time to save me from mud off the street?”
3. It’s About Time
“Patience is like bread,
I ran out of that yesterday.”
4. Dawn Can’t Decide
“And you strike,
strike the right chord,
the right chord in me.“
5. Paid to Smile
“Would you really say, hello?
And let me carry my own guitar?”