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Herb Diamante


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emerged from a long psychedelic incarceration, largely intact, some 12 yrs ago. herb is always concerned that he may fall back into it at any time, on the other hand, he’s rather looking forward to it. the main remaining legacy of this confusing period in his life is his chronic inability to remember his own (or anybody else’s) lyrics. he loves glamour,alcohol & pataphysics. herb has released one cd ,”may i light your cigarette?” , on the abduction label. review of “a spoonful of yeast”, new cd on no-fi records…by john kealy, brainwashed…now, read on…” this 3rd album from herb diamante is a collection of collaborations with a number of great & varied artists. from sun city girls to at jennie richie, diamante & his pals cover a wide array of styles & moods. sad, funny & deeply weird, this album is as odd as can be without being strange for the sake of strangeness. there is a real human tenderness under all the schlock & horror which makes ” a spoonful of yeast” one of those brilliant unhinged pop albums which never get made any more. despite my initial misgivings about “mr lonely”, diamante’s take on the song has grown on me greatly. i previously felt that diamante’s vocals detracted from the sun city girls beautiful arrangement, but i have since come to my senses & realized that diamante has made the song his own. his hammer horror meets scott walker voice is ridiculous but it is also full of pathos.

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