Fingertips Explores the Archives: Calexico - Alone Again Or
Jeremy from Fingertips joins us every Friday as he scours the betterPropaganda archives, highlighting gems buried a few years back in our database.
This week we bring you "Alone Again Or" from Calexico.
This is all but irresistible--on the one hand because of the power of the original song but on the other hand for how giddily well this '60s nugget works when run through Calexico's Southwestern blender. "Alone Again Or" opened Forever Changes, the landmark 1967 album from the West Coast band Love; here it is brilliantly re-conceived as a Mexican-style rave-up, from the precision of the acoustic rhythm and lead guitars to the hand-clap accompaniment and, best of all, the poignant, incisive trumpet solo. This is one of those songs that brings an involuntary smile to my face as I listen; music (as opposed to lyrics) that prompts smiling or laughing is often some of the best there is. The song comes from Convict Pool, a six-song EP--featuring three covers--released in 2004 on Quarterstick Records.
- Jeremy Schlosberg