A Little Touch of Schwalkmen in the Night
Following the release of their critically acclaimed third album A Hundred Miles Off, New York City's The Walkmen have announced that they intend to continue their quest of promoting overlooked early 1970s pop Americana. This time around, instead of being merely influenced or inspired by musicians of yore, The Walkmen have recorded a note-for-note replica of Harry Nilsson's 1974 Pussy Cats, although they intend to call their record Pussy Cats Starring The Walkmen and release it October 24, 2006. Nilsson originally recorded Pussy Cats with John Lennon in a fit of drugs, debauchery, and booze as part of Lennon's famous 18 month mid-life crisis known as his "lost weekend." The Walkmen recorded Pussy Cats Starring The Walkmen in three weeks immediately before Marcata Recording Studio was moved from Harlem to update New York. Nilsson ruptured his vocal chords while recording his album, while Hamilton Leithauser sings as though his vocal chords were permanently ruptured. For his album, Nilsson covered such rock'n'roll classics as "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Rock Around the Clock"; The Walkmen cover Nilsson covering such rock'n'roll classics as "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Rock Around the Clock." Now wrap your head around that meta conundrum.