Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tom Lehrer-That Was the Year That Was LP Download

In the never-ending quest to educate (or piss off) the "punk rock" crowd that regularly reads this blog, I now give you this. Tom Lehrer's That Was the Year That Was is a brilliantly crafted work of satire originally released in 1965 (re-released on CD? Possibly, I don't know, and don't care, this is just fine). His songwriting style is well honed, as he can still sound like himself no matter what style he's copping at the time.

Part of this remind me a lot of Phil Ochs, not only in his voice and playing, but in his sarcasm and his sense of humor towards his subjects, but his sincerity towards the topics he addresses. Lehrer is not a revolutionary, and wasn't trying to change society, or any one's opinions at all, and apparently wrote music because he just couldn't sit still.

Some of these songs could have been written yesterday and they'd still be relevant. "National Brotherhood Week" is still spot-on, even for today, and other's, like "Who's Next?" are on topics (nuclear arms becoming widespread) that, while specific to their time period, are still heavy today. Obviously, since this material is 43 years old, some of the songs are dated, but that doesn't make them any less good, it just means you might have to brush up on some history to fully appreciate it. The liner notes on the back sleeve are possibly even funnier than the songs, and contain the disclaimer: "Any ideas expressed on this record should not be taken as representing Mr. Lehrer's true convictions, for indeed he has none. 'If anyone objects to any statement I make,' he has said, 'I am quite prepared not only to retract it, but also to deny under oath that I ever made it.'"

This was his last album before he went on hiatus for a long time. There's a very good Wikipedia article on him.

Download That Was the Year That Was

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The file is GONE!! :-(