JOYNER, SIMON: Beautiful Losers: Singles & Compilation Tracks 1994-1999 CD


Simon Joyner "Beautiful Losers: Singles & Compilation Tracks 1994-1999" LP (Jagjaguwar)

The early 90’s lo-fi explosion coincided with and was precipitated by the emergence of hundreds of small independent tape labels, many of which onlyexisted long enough to release one compilation. It was during this heyday that Simon Joyner contributed some of his finest material to various intrinsicallylimited edition releases. Beautiful Losers: Singles and Compilation Tracks 1994-1999 collects all such compilation appearances and the few singlesmade during these years, including the perennial favorite “One for the Catholic Girls” and “Burn Rubber”, recently covered by Bright Eyes.This was such a prolific period for Joyner that he usually contributed his best songs of the moment to whoever requested a track, instead of reservingthem for his proper albums. You’ll find here varying degrees of sound quality and various approaches to songs, from solo acoustic to full band, but whatties the collection together is the strength of the material. This isn’t filler. The same themes that haunt his large scale work are explored here: death, love,the politics of time. Fans of Joyner’s albums can now stop searching for the impossible to find cassettes and out of print 7” records.We’ve compiledeverything here, even the songs Simon would rather forget. For those unfamiliar with Simon Joyner’s music, this compilation is a good place to start as itserves in the same capacity as the original compilations and 7” records, to introduce the ambivalent audience to the ambitious songwriter.

1. Love is Worth Suffering For
2. Fearful Man
3. Robin Hood
4. Jeff Engel Rules
5. Don't Begrudge A Man His Funeral
6. Milk
7. Sorrow Floats
8. Hotter Than Satan's Heels
9. Fluoride
10. Hold On To Your Breath
11. Swing
12. R Is For Riot
13. Hot Tears
14. I Would Not Try To Break Ties With Me
15. Last Night I Had A Conversation With God
16. Burn Rubber
17. Veteran's Hospital Song
18. Flannery O'Connor
19. Judas Blues
20. Is This How Generous You Are?
21. One For The Catholic Girls