Love, Calvin
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Love, Calvin - Mr. Joy

By , 2021-05-22
Love, Calvin - Mr. Joy



Love, Calvin's Mr. Joy is alive with ideas. A restless creativity permeates this tape, while the songs reamain consistently well-crafted with hard-edged excitement. Love, Calvin is Scott Johnson. His twisted sense of observation shines through with both humor and pain. And even the pain and angst is often funny. It's been seventeen years since I first reviewed this tape and the time has done nothing to dim my love of this album. --Reviewed by Bryan Baker .

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Released on cassette.

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Love, Calvin - Short Trip To Oblivion

When Scott Johnson sings things like "We all have friends. Some live in cages," it hits you somewhere unexpected. This album of Love, Calvin's final recordings is a collection of raw songs, raw emotion, raw humor. Lots of things on the edge inhabit this place. The people in these songs are not so much people you know, but people someone else knows. People in Scott's head. They're like the people you know reflected back in funhouse mirrors. The song titles read like extras in a Felini movie. Bumblebee, Robyn Hitchcock and Some Other Guy, Living In South Dakota, Cheerleaders On Dope, James, Dream of the One-Armed Psychopath, Caine in Boxers, Pink Pussy, Relapse, Killer's Greeting Card and the title song -- Short Trip is a misnomer. It's a long trip. (Russ Stedman has archived all of Love, Calvin's recordings for free download at the website). -- Bryan Baker


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