SONG OF THE DAY Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn – Fat City

Cubist Blues is an album I stumbled upon a couple of years ago and I dare say it sounds just as unique now as it did when it was first recorded in 1996!

I have to admit that I am most definitely swayed by the Doors-meets-Elvis vocals and the obvious rock & roll driven elements it possesses, but what I also love is that once you press play you don’t quite know where it will go, but I was more than happy to follow!  Parts of this album even makes me think of Mark E. Smith and that’s always a good thing, its win-win all the way really…

Cubist Blues was originally recorded over the course of two evenings in what was to be a very impressive and completely improvised couple of jam sessions.  The unlikely union of Suicide’s Alan Vega, Big Star’s Alex Chilton, and singer-songwriter Ben Vaughn happened one night in December 1994 at Dessau Studios in New York, and from out of this came the groups only release.

At the time of its release the record was greatly overlooked which is a crying shame, but in December 2015, record label Light in the Attic reissued the album, thus rescuing the vital record from years of out-of-print obscurity.

Light In The Attic described Cubist Blues as:   “Timeless, groundbreaking in sound even now, a woefully overlooked album that–had it not been so–might have re-shaped the next decade of music.”  

Fat City rolls in with smouldering, loose-fitting vocals, an edgy guitar riff and a driving rhythm section…tell me where else you have heard a sound like this!? Check it out above.


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1 Response to SONG OF THE DAY Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn – Fat City

  1. Glad you like! It’s so different isn’t it?! They released one album that, had it not been reissued in 2015, would have disappeared completely. This factor, coupled with it sadly being overlooked upon its initial release, meant that it never really has got the recognition it deserved; maybe that’s why you have never discovered it before?

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