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

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Machinery wheels go round and round Machinery wheels go round and round Machinery wheels go round and round Machinery wheels go round and round
6.
07:18
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
7.
06:25
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
8.
03:42
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

about

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

credits

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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