Spain at 20th St. House, SF CA 22​/​05​/​1993

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First ever Spain show. 20th Street house, San Francisco, CA on 22 May 1993.

Recorded live to cassette boom box.

1. Phone Machine
2. Rich Little Poor Boy
3. It Could Be Heaven
4. World Of Blue
5. Machinery Wheel
6. Only One
7. Miracle Man
8. Waking Song

Blues entered my consciousness at a young age. I discovered John Lee Hooker’s It Serve You Right To Suffer as a teen. I bought This Is Hip and Highway Of Blues. I bought Muddy Waters’ Good News Vol. 3. I listened to Cowboy Junkies. I wrote “World Of Blue”, then “Spiritual”.

A lot of this is covered in Blue Moods Of Spain, A History Volumes One (spaintheband.bandcamp.com/album/blue-moods-of-spain-a-history-pt-1) and Two (spaintheband.bandcamp.com/album/blue-moods-of-spain-a-history-pt-2). I went to U.C. Irvine in 1988 to become a novelist. After I graduated I put Spain together, with one of my college roommates on lead guitar. On second guitar and drums were friends from high school. We rehearsed in the Valley. Ken, the lead guitarist, had a four track cassette recorder and that’s where we recorded the first batch of demos.

Several of my college friends moved to an old multi-level Victorian house in San Francisco. I spent a lot of time there. They would throw big parties. 1993. I asked if Spain could play at one of the parties. It seemed like a good place for our first show. We played “World Of Blue” and most of our earliest songs.

I remember the house had a basement practice room. There was a neighborhood struggle over a cat. Apparently the cat didn’t want to stay at the house. Other cats did stay there. Brian used to wash the dishes, and would scrub the sink basin afterwards, every time. He made pesto from cilantro. They would play a card game called “99” until the sun came up. I never understood that game, and never joined them. I can’t remember where I slept.

A year later we signed a record deal with L.A. label Restless. They were connected to a producer named Norm Kerner. We recorded Blue Moods at Brilliant Studios, a former metal foundry in S.F. skid row Norm converted to a studio. One night we had a party. Everyone from the 20th Street house was there.

Eventually the 20th St. residents moved out, got married and started families. I miss hanging out there. I miss Dolores Park and the old church on Dolores and 16th. I miss the cats, the card games I never participated in, the basement jam sessions, the pesto, and the view of San Francisco from their living room window.

Josh Haden

7th March 2020, Los Angeles

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released March 8, 2020

Josh Haden - bass, vocals
Ken Boudakian - guitar
Jesse Engel - guitar
Evan Hartzell - drums

Edited by Josh Haden
Cover photo by Don Lewis

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Spain Los Angeles, California

Founded in 1993 by Josh Haden, Spain is a band from Los Angeles, CA. They've released seven studio albums over the past 25 years, the first being 1995's Blue Moods Of Spain, available from Warner Bros., the most recent being 2018's [spain mandala brush], available from Dangerbird Records (North America) and Glitterhouse Records (Europe). ... more

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Track Name: Phone Machine
Got a message tonight
It was on my machine
She said, I quote
Hope you're not asleep
'Cuz I'm in my bed
And the lights are dim
And the air is hot
So won't you come on in

Got a message tonight
It was on my machine
But I got home too late
Couldn't even see
That the stars above
Deter me from love
'Cuz she's in her bed
And the lights are dim
And the air is hot
So won't you come on in
Track Name: Rich Little Poor Boy
Made contact in her limousine
Poor boy don't you know what I mean
Made contact and she's alright
Driving down the the streets of night

Made contact
She said Oh hell
Poor boy how you ring my bell
I'm a rich girl but I'm so blue
Poor boy baby I love you

Made contact in her limousine
Poor boy don't you know what I mean
Made contact and she's alright
Driving down the the streets of night
Track Name: It Could Be Heaven
It could be heaven
Up there
Up above the sky
I hope there’s a place for me
When I’m through with this life
When I’m through with this life

It could be heaven
You know
Where I watch the river flow
Lord how I hope and pray
That’s a place I can go
That’s a place I can go
That’s a place I can go

Where I can go
Where I can go

It could be heaven
Up there
Up above the sky
I hope there’s a place for me
When I’m through with this life
When I’m through with this life

Where I can go
Where I can go
Track Name: World Of Blue
Blue is such a cold shelter
Blue is such a cold shelter

Blue is the color of the sky
Blue is the color of her eyes
Blue is the color of the mountains
Blue is the color of the sea
Track Name: Machinery Wheel
Machinery wheels go round and round
Machinery wheels go round and round

Machinery wheels go round and round
Machinery wheels go round and round
Track Name: Only One
I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one

I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one

I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one
The only one

I can still remember when
I received the letter that said
I'm leaving you forever
I'm leaving you forever

I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one
Track Name: Miracle Man
Baby I’m your miracle man
Baby I’m your miracle man

Tonight I’m gonna make you feel so good
Tonight I’m gonna make you feel so good

Baby I’m your angel of love
Baby I’m your angel of love

Tonight I’m coming down from above
Tonight I’m coming down from above

And with my wings I’m gonna fly us up
And with my wings I’m gonna fly us up

And with my wings I’m gonna fly us up
And with my wings I’m gonna fly us up
Track Name: Waking Song
How can I know
If it’s the morning
Or the shadows

How can I see
The sun shine
Through my windows

How can the day
Turn to nighttime
With these shadows

How can the night
Brighten the clouds
Through my windows

Every time I try to wake
Its time to go to sleep

Every time I try to sleep
Its time to wake up

Its time to wake up