First saw Grandaddy on Jools Holland singing Hewlett’s Daughter. Helen bought one of their albums, then another, then another. For a while I used a line from Under the Western Freeway as a sig line – it was, ‘everything beautiful is far away‘ – and we even made a detour through their hometown of Modesto, CA as sort of homage, playing ‘El Caminos in the West‘.
Beautiful songs – ‘What can’t be erased‘, released as a B Side to the fantastic, ‘The Crystal Lake‘, ‘Miner at the Dial-A-View‘, from ‘The Sophtware Slump‘ (sic), for example, is one of my favourites and Helen votes for ‘The Warming Sun‘ from ‘Sumday‘ (sic). I liked, too, their cover of ‘The Best of All Possible Worlds‘. And there was, ‘Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance‘, and so many others.
Now they’re splitting up. Everything comes to an end.
Stewart Smith created a fascinating video for ‘Jed’s Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)‘. As Grandaddy said:
Jeddy-3 the humanoid was assembled in the kitchen out of spare parts. Before Jed’s system died he wrote poems. Poems for no one.