Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Love songs in the night

A repeat from a while back:

These two songs are from a single that Steve Martin released in 1971. Steve Martin was the lead singer in the Left Banke. That’s him on “Pretty Ballerina”, “She May Call You Up Tonight” and “Walk Away Renee”. The songs were written by the Left Banke’s keyboard player and primary songwriter Michael Brown. Also on the session were Left Banke bassist Tom Finn and drummer George Cameron. So this is the Left Banke in every way except for the name on the label. The name could not be used for legal reasons.

Love Songs In The Night” is a terrific power pop song. This song should’ve been a hit but it’s barely known outside the circle of Left Banke fans. The flip isn’t as memorable but it's still a good song.

Both songs were used in the soundtrack to a movie called Hot Parts. The movie starred an ex-Warhol Superstar named Ultra Violet and 'is mostly about sex.' Anybody seen it? IMDB.com doesn’t list the movie in Ultra Violet’s entry and there’s nothing available on eBay. There was a soundtrack released. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a copy of that either.

The songs have only been reissued on a Left Banke comp that Rhino released in 1985. If anybody ever wises up and reissues the Left Banke’s records, I hope they include both of these songs.


Blogger Charlemange said...

I am currently working on creating a machinima video for Love Songs In The Night. It is a good song.


6/2/08 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AAARGH! I've been looking for these two songs forever, and when I finally find them, they're up and gone. Sigh.

9/3/08 12:21 AM  
Blogger KS said...

I'll repost in a few days.

10/3/08 8:58 PM  

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