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Camper Van Beethoven


Bizarre Santa Cruz indie rock band with a Slavic bent. Formed 1983, broke up 1990, reformed 2004. See also Cracker, Monks of Doom.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Eugene Chadbourne
4-Jan-1951   Avant-garde guitarist, banjoist
Victor Krummenacher
07-Apr-1965   Camper Van Beethoven bassist
Greg Lisher
1964   Camper Van Beethoven guitarist
David Lowery
10-Sep-1960   Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker
Chris Pedersen
16-Aug-1960   Camper Van Beethoven drummer
Jonathan Segel
3-Sep-1963   Camper Van Beethoven multi-instrumentalist


Telephone Free Landslide Victory (1985, Independent Music Project/Rough Trade/Cooking Vinyl)
1Border Ska
2The Day That Lassie Went to the Moon
3Wasted (Black Flag cover)
4Yanqui Go Home
5Oh No!
69 of Disks
7Payed Vacation: Greece
8Where the Hell is Bill?
10Skinhead Stomp
12Take the Skinheads Bowling
13Mao Reminisces About His Days in Southern China
14I Don't See You
15Balalaika Gap
16Opi Rides Again - Club Med Sucks
17Ambiguity Song

Reissued 2004, including the songs "Wasting All Your Time", "Epigram #5", "atkuda", "Epigram #2", "Cowboys from Hollywood (original)", and "Colonel Enrique Adolfo Bermudez".

II & III (1986, Independent Music Project/Rough Trade/Cooking Vinyl)
Side 2
2Cowboys from Hollywood
3Sad Lovers Waltz
5I Love Her All the Time (Sonic Youth cover)
6No Flies on Us
7Down and Out
8No Krugerrands for David
9(Don't You Go to) Goleta
10Four Year Plan
Side B
1(We're a) Bad Trip
5Chain of Circumstance
6ZZ Top Goes to Egypt
7Cattle (Reversed)
8Form Another Stone
9No More Bullshit

Reissued 2004, including the songs "Devil Song (original version)" and "Vampire Club".

Camper Van Beethoven (1986, Independent Music Project/Rough Trade/Cooking Vinyl)
1Good Guys & Bad Guys
2Joe Stalin's Cadillac
3Five Sticks
4Lulu Land (Paul MacKinney cover)
5Une Fois
6We Saw Jerry's Daughter
7Surprise Truck
8Stairway to Heavan (sic)
9The History of Utah
10Still Wishing to Course
11We Love You
12Hoe Yourself Down
13Peace & Love
15Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover)
16Shut Us Down

Reissused 2004, including the songs "Love the Witch (Camper Van Beethoven Version)" and "Pictures of Matchstick Men (fox demo)".

Vampire Can Mating Oven (1987, Pitch-a-Tent)
2Never Go Back
3Seven Languages
4Ice Cream Every Day
6Photograph (Ringo Starr cover)

Liner notes by Isaac Fringe.

Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (1988, Virgin)
1Eye of Fatima (Pt. 1)
2Eye of Fatima (Pt. 2)
3O Death (traditional)
4She Divines Water
5Devil Song
6One of These Days
7Turquoise Jewelry
9Change Your Mind
10My Path Belated
11Never Go Back
12The Fool
14Life is Grand

Key Lime Pie (1989, Virgin)
1Opening Theme
2Jack Ruby
4When I Win the Lottery
5(I was Born in a) Laundromat
7The Light From a Cake
9All Her Favorite Fruit
12The Humid Press of Days
13Pictures of Matchstick Men (Status Quo cover)
14Come on Darkness

Camper Vantiquities (1993, IRS)
2Never Go Back
3Seven Languages
4Axe Murderer Song
6Crossing Over
7Guardian Angels
8I'm Not Like Everybody Else (The Kinks cover)
9A.C. Cover
10Porpoise Mouth (Country Joe MacDonald cover)
11(We Workers Do Not Understand) Modern Art
12We Eat Your Children
13Six More Miles To The Graveyard (Hank Williams, Sr. cover)
14Ice Cream Everyday
16Photograph (Ringo Starr cover)
17Om Eye (hidden track)

Reissued 2004, including the song "Silent Monster" and the Fox Studios demos of "Flowers", "One of These Days", "Humid Press Of Days", and "All Her Favorite Fruit".

Camper Van Beethoven is Dead: Long Live Camper Van Beethoven (2000, Pitch-a-Tent)
1Broadcasting Live From the MCI-Worldcom-AT&T-Daimler-Chrysler-
AOL-Time-Warner-Boeing-Microsoft-Aeroflot-United-Yoyodyne Coliseum,
Strom Thurmond City, Mars
3Tom's Flower's 1500 Valves
4All Her Favorite Fruit (Orchestral Version)
5Closing Theme
6Loose Lips Sink Ships
7Who Are the Brain Police? (The Mothers of Invention cover)
8Stayin' at Home With the Girls in the Morning (Vienna Club Mix)
10S.P. 37957 Medley
11Balalaika Gap (demo version)
12The Perfect Enigma Machine
13We're All Wasted and We're Wasting Your Time

Cigarettes and Carrot Juice (2002, Cooking Vinyl)

Box set collecting the first three CVB albums, as well as the rarities album "Camper Vantiquities" and a bonus live disc:

Greatest Hits Played Faster (2002, Cooking Vinyl)
1All Her Favorite Fruit (orchestral version)
4Eye of Fatima Pts. I & II
5My Baby Just Got Outta Jail
7Turquoise Jewelry
8She Divines Water
10Life is Grand
11When I Win the Lottery
12James River
13One of these Days

Recorded live in Europe, April 1990, except "Life is Grand" recorded in London, 1988, and "All Her Favorite Fruit" recorded in St. Johns, Newfoundland, 1988.

Tusk (2002, Pitch-a-Tent)
Disc 1
1Over And Over
2The Ledge
3Think About Me
4Save Me A Place
6What Makes You Think You're the One
8That's All For Everyone
9Not That Funny
10Sisters Of The Moon
Disc 2
2That's Enough For Me
3Brown Eyes
4Never Make Me Cry
5I Know I'm Not Wrong
6Honey Hi
7Beautiful Child
8Walk a Thin Line
10Never Forget

Camper Van Beethoven cover Fleetwood Mac's Tusk (1979) in its entirety. Recorded 1987, reassembled some years later by Victor Krummenacher and Jonathan Segel. Jonathan got a little carried away on the title track, though.

New Roman Times (2004, Vanguard)
2Sons Of The New Golden West
4White Fluffy Clouds
5That Gum You Like Is Back In Style
6Might Makes Right
7Militia Song
8R 'N R Uzbekistan
9Sons Of The New Golden West (Reprise)
10New Roman Times
11The Poppies Of Balmorhea
12The Long Plastic Hallway
13I Am Talking To This Flower
14Come Out
15Los Tigres Traficantes
16I Hate This Part Of Texas
17Hippy Chix
18Civil Disobedience
19Discotheque CVB
20Hey Brother

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