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I Died Today


Download links and information about I Died Today by Rodd Keith. This album was released in 1996 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative, Humor, Psychedelic genres. It contains 26 tracks with total duration of 01:08:56 minutes.

Artist: Rodd Keith
Release date: 1996
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative, Humor, Psychedelic
Tracks: 26
Duration: 01:08:56
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No. Title Length
1. I Died Today 2:46
2. Hippy Happy Land 2:42
3. The Graveyard Rock 2:45
4. This 2:33
5. Our Senators 2:38
6. Tahiti 2:54
7. The Hump Dance 2:09
8. General Custer's Story Remains Legend 3:01
9. Do the Pig 2:39
10. T.V. Love 2:06
11. Waiting for the High Tide 3:29
12. I Am a Real American 2:59
13. Don't Throw My Love Away 2:18
14. I've Been Hurt So Many Times 2:34
15. Space 2:35
16. I Dreamed Too Long Woke Up Too Late 4:24
17. The Music Man from Mars 2:11
18. Do the Turkey 3:02
19. In the Stillness of the Night 2:50
20. The Flitting Firefly 2:32
21. Elmer-21-Century Hop 1:51
22. First Comes the Rain 2:14
23. Gardenia 2:27
24. Somebody Else 2:35
25. Just Runnin' Wild 1:46
26. Cloud Nine 2:56



I Died Today was the first release of Tzadik's Lunatic Fringe series, a category reserved for only the most unclassifiable recordings. It offers 26 of the songs that Rodney Eskelin (who worked most frequently under the name Rodd Keith) recorded while working in the song poem, or send-us-your-lyrics business during the '60s and early '70s. Keith composed the music for these lyrics on the spot, and led a group of musicians through recording sessions of first takes. Regarded as a musical genius by many who met him, Keith's song poem work is the only documentation of his output. This sampling includes a range of rock styles from innocent sugar pop to garage rock, from the New Christy Minstrels to the Doors, featuring Keith on various keyboards and on lead vocals for most of the cuts. His delivery on "This" and "Waiting for the High Tide" is reminiscent of Scott Walker minus the meaningful lyrics. In fact, there's a hilarious amount of awful lyrics such as "Frankenstein was catching lightning bolts/to save his soul," ("Graveyard Rock"); the pitiable sentiments of "T.V. Love": "loving words don't mean a thing, for you are always on the screen; " or "Space"'s befuddling incitements to "fly on little spacemen, fly on." Almost parody, Keith does what he can to stay true to the lyrics' mood, as with "General Custer's Story Remains Legend" lyrics (including "when Custer lay so very still,/his faithful horse was very sad") delivered in an appropriately exaggerated drawl and a Kossoy Sisters-style backing harmony. Some of the other material ranges from American-dream pathos, to inane Do-the-(fill in the dance name) ditties. Unexpected moments of brilliance are scattered throughout, lifting this album out of the realms of kitsch into that of full-blown cult status.