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BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE/FINGERLINGS - Massachusetts Afternoon b/w Embrace Me

The first in the Hometown Heroes collection of singles from regional music stars of decades past courtesy of Drag City and FRED ARMISEN Inc. THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE were the proud products of the late 70s Northampton, Massachusetts music scene. Comprised of some of the most talented and sought after local session musicians, the group was most defined by RICHIE CORNISHs busy talk-singing lyrical style. The gently soulful Massachusetts Afternoon" celebrates a time in ones life when independence from the family somehow brings friends closer to one another, and the autumn sunset seems to go on and on forever. From Bath, England, THE FINGERLINGS were a prolific synth/post-disco band who released twelve EPs between 1981 and 1983. Meeting on their first day of art history class at the Bath School of Art and Design, they decided to form a group, and a month later, released their first single. Their most well known record cover (locally well known, that is) was a depiction of an ornate stained glass window from St. Philips Church in Bath. The cover was made of actual stained glass. "Embrace Me" was a huge local hit, its lyrics evoking imagery of neon-framed cities like Paris and Berlin." - Drag City.

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