Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Oysterhead
Song:Oz Is Ever Floating
Album:The Grand Pecking Order
Oysterhead was a one off supergroup side project from three guys who are better known for other things but also seem to have time for this sort of thing. You wouldn't think there were enough hours in a day. Those three guys are guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish, bassist Les Claypool of Primus and drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police. Copeland had worked a bit with Claypool in Primus and the three got the idea of doing one performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 4, 2000. Oysterhead is essentially a jam band which is what Anastasio does in Phish anyway. But it's a pretty good mix of musical styles. The three enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to record The Grand Pecking Order for Elektra/Asylum in 2001. The album was very successful and reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 200. Oz Is Ever Floating was written for album recording engineer Oz Fritz and his belief in psychoanalyst John C. Lilly. Oysterhead went on a brief tour where Anastasio unveiled a guitar with antlers called the Matterhorn. After the tour, all three went back to other activities but they did reunite on June 16, 2006 for the Bonaroo Music Festival. It doesn't appear there are any further plans for Oysterhead to record but The Grand Pecking Order is a very strong album and is recommended to fans of all three musicians. Here's Oysterhead performing Oz Is Ever Floating at the 2006 Bonaroo Music Festival.