Friday, May 16, 2008

Flying the Flannel - No, Not That Flannel

Hoping to defy the rule that maintains that songs about baseball tend to stink, a new group calling itself the Baseball Project will be releasing an album called Volume 1: Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails, with all horsehide-related material. The band includes Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows, although Mike Mills, a big Braves fan, is nowhere to be found. (Hat tip to friend of OPC Joe for this item.)

Song titles include "Satchel Paige Said," "Sometimes I Dream of Willie Mays," "Harvey Haddix," and "Jackie's Lament," which makes this album already pretty dated - where's "The Ballad of Chase Utley"? "Roiding With the King"? "Sometimes I Wish I Were Ryan Spilborghs"? You want to connect with the kids today, you gotta talk their language. How old is Peter Buck anyway? (Fifty-one, actually, not old enough to have conscious memories of Harvey Haddix or Jackie Robinson.)

The newset-sounding title on the track list is "Fernando," which is probably about a certain Dodger lefty from the 1980s, but which we're kinda hoping is a cover of the Abba song, because I bet that would sound good. Volume 1: Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails will be out on July 8.


Scraps said...

No cover of Barbara Manning's "Dock Ellis"?

T. Nawrocki said...

It's funny how all the decent baseball songs are not just about pitchers but are actually titled after pitchers' names: "Catfish," "Walter Johnson."

MJN said...

Stroke 9's "Rod Beck" isn't about Rod Beck, but it's a decent song too.