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Meadville - 1996

by David Thomas and two pale boys

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Obsession 04:37
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Nobody Knows 09:38
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Red Sky 05:36
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Fire 05:35
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Kathleen 10:26
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Beach Boys 06:38
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Obsession
Nobody Knows
Red Sky
Can't Help Falling in Love
Nowheresville
Fire
Kathleen
Surfer Girl
Beach Boys
Weird Cornfields
Busman's Honeymoon

Obsession recorded at Radio VARA, Hilversum (NL) on Nov. 23 1996.
Nobody Knows recorded at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, on Nov. 24 1996.
Can't Help Falling In Love recorded at Radio Slovenia on Nov. 3 1996.
All others recorded at Festival Transmusicales, Salle Ubu, Rennes (F) on Dec. 6 1996.Obsession recorded at Radio VARA, Hilversum (NL) on Nov. 23 1996.
Nobody Knows recorded at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, on Nov. 24 1996.
Can't Help Falling In Love recorded at Radio Slovenia on Nov. 3 1996.
All others recorded at Festival Transmusicales, Salle Ubu, Rennes (F) on Dec. 6 1996.

EREWHON was released by Cooking Vinyl records September 2 1996.These tracks were recorded over the course of a twenty-nine date European tour in October, November and December 1996 to promote the release.
‘Meadville’ was released by Cooking Vinyl Records as part of the ‘David Thomas, Monster’ cd box in June 1997. Extra-run copies were sold as gig merchandise.These were packed in plain brown cardboard sleeves with ink stamps applied.
The artwork that accompanies this release was designed by John Thompson for a release that never happened - it has been adapted for uploading purposes.
The flowers made from traffic signs are part of the display around the Meadville, Pennsylvania, Road Works depot on Smock Highway (US Route 322) The display is quite extensive and consists of many scenes.
Meadville, population 13,000, is a town in northwestern Pennsylvania, about forty miles due south of Erie. It gave birth to the Talon Zipper company and actress Sharon Stone. It is the home of Channellock Tools and Dad’s Dog Food.
Meadville is about fifteen miles north of the Thomas family farm in Utica, Pennsylvania, and where David’s brother lives. Many of the songs on two pale boys and some Pere Ubu albums were written on the roads and highways surrounding it, including ‘Weird Cornfields,’ ‘Ghosts,’ ‘The River,
‘Golden Surf,’ ‘Nobody Knows,’ ‘Woolie Bullie,’ and others.
Meadville
French Creek flows through Meadville. It was an important ‘highway’ between the British forts on Lake Erie and the French fort in Pittsburgh. George Washington, as an officer in the British Army, traveled it with a handful of men in the French And Indian War of 1767 to displace the French. He got to Pittsburgh and said to the commanding officer there,We think you should surrender to me now or I’ll have to return with more men and take this place by force.The French surrendered.

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released November 5, 2021

David Thomas and two pale boys

Band - v.2.0

David Thomas - vocals, melodeon
Keith Moliné - guitar, electronics
Andy Diagram - trumpet, electronics

Band sounndman - Colin McLeon.

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