Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo

Label
Matador
Release date
10 Sep 1996
Running length
30 tracks
Running time
109:08

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
4 Gooseneck Problem 0:04 496
11 Drum Solo 0:08 496
from a motel 6 # 1 0:00 516
Too Much, Part 2 0:00 10
Some Kinda Fatigue 4:33 36,354
Somebody's Baby 3:37 8,939
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop 2:46 9,539
Demons 2:48 10,998
Sunsquashed 24:24 9,994
Fog Over Frisco 3:45 10,745
I'm Set Free 4:08 3,868
Artificial Heart 2:59 8,535
Nutricia 5:01 8,638
Ultra-Powerful Short Wave Radio Picks Up Music From Venus 1:31 4,525
from a motel 6 # 2 0:00 605
Up to You 4:00 8,616
Her Grandmother's Gift 2:38 2,725
Enough 5:26 6,481
One Self: Fish Girl 5:31 6,205
Ecstasy Blues 2:47 6,362
Hanky Panky Nohow 2:56 9,209
Barnaby, Hardly Working 4:30 49,410
Surfin' With the Shah 2:07 2,652
Something to Do 2:09 9,262
Speeding Motorcycle 3:30 29,244
Blitzkrieg Bop 2:18 9,137
Too Late 5:56 7,917
Walking Away From You 5:56 8,499
Cast a Shadow 2:22 9,414
Too Much, Part 1 1:18 572

About this album

Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo is a 2-disc compilation album by Yo La Tengo, consisting of rarities, alternate versions, and out-takes, spanning 1988 to 1995. The album was released on Matador in 1996; a Japanese version with two extra tracks appeared in 1998.

The title is a pun on the 1960 Ray Charles album, Genius+Soul=Jazz. (“The Genius” was Charles’ nickname.)

The first disc contains songs with vocals. There are several cover songs, such as John Cale’s “Hanky Panky Nohow,” The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free,” Beat Happening’s “Cast A Shadow,” and Wire’s “Too Late.” The cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Speeding Motorcycle” features Johnston calling in his vocals to the song via telephone. “Demons” originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film I Shot Andy Warhol (in which YLT appeared as a Velvet Underground-esque band).

The second disc consists entirely of instrumental pieces. Included are songs previously recorded by the group (such as an 8-second drum solo), and covers, such as a wedding-band-like rendition of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” “Sunsquashed” is a 26-minute psychedelic jam, from which one of the band’s main fansites took its name.

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