Smoking Popes, John Legend and Estelle; In Philly for the 4thJuly 7, 2008
Friends went to see the recently reunited Chicago band Smoking Popes at Johnny Brenda’s so the wife and I tagged along. I knew the name but didn’t think I knew any of their stuff. She was pleasantly surprised when they played “I Know You Love Me”, an old tune from the first mixtape I made her when we were first dating.
When I got home I dug up the CD that contained the song- it’s from a freebie compilation CD which CMJ included with their magazine each month. I still have every CD from the magazine from 1995 to 2001.
I’m listening to a few of them today and out of the many clunkers from has-been bands, there are a few nice tracks. I uploaded a few of them so take a listen (below).
I also braved the crowds and the rain (and the trash) to see John Legend at the Art Museum. I was VERY pleased when he brought Estelle out on the stage. She not only did a duet but performed a few of her own tracks (including Come Over below) from her amazing second album Shine, executive produced by John Legend. Nice.
MP3: Estelle- Come Over
MP3: Smoking Popes- I know You Love Me
From their 1997 LP Destination Failure
MP3: Smoking Popes- Need You Around
Link from Instrumental Analysis
Some other interesting tracks from the CMJ comps:
An old favorite from the 1995 LP Subliminal Simulation
MP3: Menthol- USA Capable
From their 1995 self-titled LP