It's a Shame About Ray

Label
Rhino
Release date
29 Jan 2007
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
33:02

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Rockin Stroll 1:47 30,306
2 Confetti 2:46 59,414
3 It's a Shame about Ray 3:06 98,525
4 Rudderless 3:19 53,291
5 (My Drug) Buddy 2:51 306
6 The Turnpike Down 2:33 32,239
7 Bit Part 1:51 34,178
8 Alison's Starting to Happen 1:58 34,952
9 Hannah & Gabi 2:40 24,862
10 Kitchen 2:55 29,978
11 Ceiling Fan in My Spoon 1:48 28,743
12 Frank Mills 1:44 28,650
13 Mrs. Robinson 3:44 124,240

About this album

It’s a Shame About Ray is the fifth album by The Lemonheads. It was released on June 2, . Tom Morgan of band Smudge helped author the album, while Juliana Hatfield played bass and sang backing vocals on some songs.

After its initial release, the album was re-issued with a cover of Mrs. Robinson, originally by Simon & Garfunkel, which was released as a single. The song had been recorded after the other tracks, with a different bass player. Pressure from the record label also caused the title of the song My Drug Buddy to be reduced to the less-provocative Buddy when the album was reissued.

The album and its title track was inspired partially from a club owner who called everyone Ray. Band leader Evan Dando later saw the actual line “It’s A Shame About Ray” in a Sydney newspaper article about something that happened to a child named Ray.

Alison’s Starting to Happen refers to Alison Galloway, the drummer for Smudge.

The album also includes a cover of the song Frank Mills from the musical Hair.

The band performed the album in its entirety at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on September 14 and 15, , as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties-curated Don’t Look Back series. The cover of Mrs. Robinson, a song that Dando grew tired of after its popularity, was missing from the setlist.

Confetti and the title track were also released as singles in the UK.

The album was re-issued as a collector’s edition by Rhino in . This edition includes several bonus demo versions of album tracks, along with the Shaky Ground plus a DVD containing the previous VHS release Two Weeks In Australia.

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  • Nochek

    yeah.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • EliEndrup

    An amazingly cool album. It always leave me in a good mood!

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • FILOTEO87EVOL

    ha envejecido mejor que el 'nevermind' o el 'ten'

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Damaramu

    Anyone know what that is on the cover of the album?

    22 Nov 2010 Reply
  • greko

    Alison was Alison Galloway of the Australian band, godstar. <3 love the album.

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • andyisdead

    and who is Alison?

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • pessimystica

    "sidewalk lines gdunk gdunk gdunk gdai"... heh... if there was last.fm from 1994, this album would have sooo many more plays from me! This was 1 of the 1st cds i ever owned... so 1 weekend on a summer road trip with a high school friend (in '94, of course), i thought i had taken my (limited) # of about 4-5 cds. When i opened up my portable cd case in the car, there were no other cds... except this was in the cd player. So needless to say, i got attached to this cd VERY fast ;-)

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • Bolshevized

    This album is mastered very well, sounds very pristine. Oh, and the songs aren't too shabby either! They feel of the 90s, but there's also a classic rock element to them as well. I'm kind of surprised they didn't have more success.

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • J_Strafford

    I always pictured Ray to be the Ray Brower that died in Stand by Me.

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • squareplace

    i'm too much with myself,i wanna be someone else.

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Sundaeg1rl

    This is my 'autumn' album. Played this sooo much

    26 Sep 2009 Reply
  • LowAntonK

    this record takes me back, it defined my freshman year.

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • hawk1984-3

    get it streamable!!!

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • overspurs

    One of my all time fav albums,

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • eighteenforever

    Great album.

    31 May 2008 Reply
  • heaventree22

    i'd always thought of ray as a junkie who had overdosed

    1 Oct 2007 Reply
  • MacTonight

    I dunno, but it's a shame about him.

    14 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Boldra

    Who the fuck is Ray?

    26 Oct 2006 Reply
  • InvisibleA

    One of my faves

    16 Mar 2006 Reply

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