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The Naked & the Daft

by The Fussbudgets

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The band's second official full-length, The Naked & the Daft, followed a pair of EPs (Fresh Brood and Headache of the Gods). After recording exclusively at Olde West, the band decamped to Greg Freeman's aptly-named Lowdown Studio, in the city's China Basin neighborhood. Freeman had engineered and/or produced such artists as The Donner Party, Mr. T Experience, Royal Trux, and Barbara Manning, and the studio's snugger as well as more downscale environs was perfectly suited to the band's sensibilities. (China Basin was then a heavily-industrialized part of San Francisco; it has since been gentrified to include AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants.) The sound this time was further enhanced by added keyboards, saxophone (on Dean's minor-seventh-infused “Faith in the Face of Adversity”), strings (for the evocative opener, “Walking With Heartbreak”), and female backing vocals. The Naked & the Daft (Lehmann's choice of title, mocking macho wordsmith Norman Mailer's famous WWII roman à clef) also includes “Sweetheart of the Graveyard Shift,” about Church Street's all-night Sparky's diner, and melancholic anti-anthem, “Something We Heard on the Radio.”

The Naked & the Daft, recorded 1993 with engineer Greg Freeman at Lowdown, San Francisco, CA. Remastered July 2011 with Wally Sound, Oakland, CA.


released April 3, 2012

The Fussbudgets:
Larry O. Dean: guitar & vocals
Ned Doherty: bass
George Frangides: drums
Chris Lehmann: guitar & vocals

Special Guests:
Lee Bloom: piano
Michael Miller: saxophone
James Schaefer: percussion
Sheila Schat: cello & violin
Christine Wall: backing vocals


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The Fussbudgets San Francisco, California

The Fussbudgets were formed in 1987 in San Francisco, by Larry O. Dean (Malcontent, Post Office, The Me Decade, The Injured Parties) and Chris Lehmann (The Charm Offensive) with bassist Ned Doherty (All Ones, Mushroom). They recorded a series of cassette-only releases that were sporadically distributed, but which received glowing reviews in the US and UK press, as well as local radio airplay. ... more

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