Herb Diamante & Sun City Girls - Mr. Lonely

Mr. Lonely

Herb Diamante & Sun City Girls

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Herb Diamante & Sun City Girls - Mr. Lonely

This beautifully sad version of Mr Lonely was recorded by Herb Diamante & Sun City Girls for Harmony Korine’s film of the same name. The silky, haunting textures of the song were captured at Randall (Sunn O))), Earth) Dunn’s studio in Seattle with the help of Sun City Girls’ Alan and (Sir) Richard Bishop, plus Eyvind Kang and Jessica Kenney.

The track was originally recorded by Bobby Vinton in 1964, and while Herb’s version quirkily captures the song’s camp, knowing self-pity, the slower tempo and general mood of this version, along with the sumptuous production, somehow amplify both the sense of ironic maudlin drunken-ness and the genuine “check my emotional bruises and I’m still just about in one piece” feel of the whole episode. No doubt the string section, piano and backing choir push the feeling at both extremes too.

Herb Diamante, occasional member of Leeds’ seminal Vibracathedral Orchestra and the underground’s favourite lysergically-altered chanteur, comes on like the locked away offspring of Scott Walker and Marc Almond, and the over-used phrase ‘Lynchian’ is also being bandied about to describe this alt-torch musical melodrama. (Coincidentally, Bobby Vinton also penned the song ‘Blue Velvet’).

Somehow this track ended up getting omitted from Korine’s film’s, though Herb and the Bishops had hoped it would be use for the film’s closing credits. Maybe it’s just too close to the bone…

The b-side of this single sees Herb team up with Diatric Puds, a band descended from the legendary Caroliner and also featuring Mark Gergis (Porest, Sublime Frequencies). ‘In New Moon’s Lull’ is an altogether more altered, more devious affair, with a feel akin to being crooned to by someone you think may have just spiked your drink.

The beat box bossa nova, the low register keys, and the lost souls providing backing vocals all conjure an image of a beckoning Herb draped seductively across a headstone, luring you towards something you probably shouldn’t do but can’t resist.

These tracks are taken from the forthcoming album by Herb Diamante & Friends, coming out this autumn on NO-FI.

Reviews

Enigmatic crooner Herb Diamante joins forces with Alan Bishop and co. for a bizarre and brilliant cover of Bobby Vinton's 1964 classic. `Despite the inevitable comedy value of Diamante's thick, nanny-goat vibrato, this is a rather splendid rendition, delivered with Antony & The Johnsons-style cabaret torch song sincerity, backed by lavish strings. In the weirdness stakes its probably right up there with Akon's bafflingly hideous version and Kim Jong-Il's Team America re-boot of the song, but there's somehow more to this than mere novelty value alone. The B-side is an altogether shadier affair, featuring Diamante joined by Diatric Puds for a creepy, Scott Walker-style experimental ballad. Ace.

- Boomkat.

Tracklisting

Download EP (NEU016DD)
  1. Herb Diamante & Sun City Girls - Mr. Lonely
  2. Herb Diamante & Diatric Puds - In New Moon's Lull

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Mr. Lonely 4m 6s £0.75
2 In New Moon's Lull 5m 9s £0.75
Entire MP3 Download EP (2 tracks) £1.49
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2 In New Moon's Lull 5m 9s £0.75
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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Mr. Lonely 4m 6s £0.75
2 In New Moon's Lull 5m 9s £0.75
Entire WAV Download EP (2 tracks) £1.99