Thursday, March 16, 2006

Imaginaryland

A place I go often. And the name of Petra Haden's 1999 CD, her first full-length solo venture into the world of a capella vocal-lapping. I wrote about Petra today on my other blog, Yer Little Sister, so I thought why not cover her here as well. Some of these songs are just childlike in their joy and silliness. In case you don't know, Petra released Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out, which featured her covering the entire Who album mostly a capella. I've included one of the "commercials" from that release and two from Imaginaryland. Of Imaginaryland, she's actually said in an article that is was kind of a children's record— the idea came from a bear her sister found that she dubbed "Imaginary Bear." Apparently Imaginary Bear was "a boozer and a loser" and has now made it his mission to make everyone happy. Was she prophetic with her '99 release of "Look Both Ways Before You Cross" song? (She was hit by a car in 2000 and was in a coma!) Weird. But not as weird as my latest Krofft theme masterpiece! Check it.

Petra Haden, "Heinz Baked Beans"
Petra Haden, "Look Both Ways Before You Cross"
Petra Haden, "Bach Prelude No. 2"
Sigmund & The Sea Monsters theme song

Oh and just in case you don't know, Petra is a member of the Rentals with one of her triplet sisters, Rachel and she's in the Decemberists. And of course you can hear more of her music at my other blog, Yer Little Sister. Anyway, buy Imaginaryland. Visit Petra Haden's site.

4 comments:

Scott Marks said...

FYI...Petra hayden's triplet sister Tanya Haden (of Let's Go Sailing http://letsgosailingmusic.com/) reportedly just married actor Jack Black

Phil said...

Nice of you to post all these Saturday morning theme songs... Have you heard that Saturday Morning tribute album from 1995 with bands like Tripping Daisy, Violent Femmes, and The Ramones doing versions of theme songs? I can send you some files if you'd like.

superclea said...

Is that the one with Juliana Hatfield and Tanya Donnely covering "Josie and the Pussycats"? I have that song, but not the CD. Would love you to send me a few tracks... I'll post 'em with credit all to you! And I too LIVED for those previews and Saturday mornings.

Medicine said...

Apparently Imaginary Bear was a boozer and a loser and has now made it his mission to make everyone happy.