Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Naiomi's Hair - Tara (1989, Figurehead)

This was a neat find from my visit to Antique World this past weekend.  Purchased sound unheard (my take on the old phrase "sight unseen"), what little info I was able to glean online regarding Naomi's Hair is that they arose from the same Gainesville, FL scene that brought us Less Than Jake and For Squirrels (taking most of their cues from the latter I should add).  The proceedings kick off with the brilliant, sassy punk corker "Tilt-a-Whirl," a cover of an obscure Gizmos song, decked out in shades of Twin/Tone era 'Mats and early Snatches of Pink.  That nugget of gold is followed up by the chugging, anti-war screed "Tinker, Tailor" which wouldn't sound too far out of place on a vintage REM record.  Tara gets more eclectic on side two, thanks in part to the speedy, bluegrass-indebted melee, "Caroline," while the jangly but ever so wry "Con But For" and "Bobbies Prom Dress" highlight Naomi's Hair's budding pop charm.  Am very curious if there's more where this came from...

01. Tilt-a-Whirl
02. Tinker, Tailor
03. Without a Sound
04. One Shot
05. Caroline
06. Con But For
07. Bobbies Prom Dress
08. Lovin' Babe

http://www50.zippyshare.com/v/EAfRhZu5/file.html

21 comments:

Jeffrey Howard said...

Tara was their second release. The first was a cassette called Bag Truck. There's also another full length that came after (on Figurehead Records) called Chum, which like Nirvana, just so happened to have a baby swimming underwater on the cover. Which was first? Hmmmmm. The CD version also contained Tara. There are some scattered comp tracks and a final 7". They may have started in Gainesville but are known for being from Orlando.

spavid said...

Awesome Jeffrey. Thanks for the full skinny on these guys. This is why I love the blogosphere.

Todd said...

I must be misreading this. A band in 1989 took most of their cues from a band five years later?

I adore For Squirrels, by the way.

spavid said...

Well, it was probably actually the other way around come to think of it. Dare I say the two bands shared members? Florida is a pretty small state after all.

amusicalguy said...

Naomi's Hair was from Orlando - though they may have had a member from the Gainesville area as well. Marty (the bass player had previously played in the great REM/Byrds-sounding Orlando band The Green Today)! Paul (Guitar/vocals) & Ken (drums/vocals) from The Green Today later helped form The Lears with me in 1990.

Scott said...

Great Band!
Naomi's Hair started in Gainesville, Fl then moved to Orlando where they picked up bass player Marty Everett. They had a CD called "Chum" released in the early 90s that has the "Tara" EP on it. It was produced by John Croslin of The Reivers.

They were a scorching live act that, in my opinion, they never really captured on tape.

spavid said...

Yep, looks like I'm definitely going to have to find a copy of Chum...somewhere... Thanks for chiming in everybody.

Admin said...

My tribute page to Naiomi's Hair, with some tracks from both albums: http://jasperjohnny.com/naiomis-hair/

Stretch_no_refunds said...

Those were great times and great music. I remember them fondly. Actually, Martin Everett is my brother-in-law.

Lee said...

These guys were OUR heroes... THANK YOU for puting this up. Steak & Shake, bitches!!!!

Lee said...

I should mention: I worked as a soundman for a few years throughout the southeast, and Naomi's Hair came up all of the time! Plus... Sublime mentions them in their "thank u" track. whomp...

Sunny said...

Without a sound- my favorite song for sure. Oh the memories.

kmiller1028 said...

My brother got me into this album, sadly, after they had broken up. I believe it was a road trip to Mexico and back in 96. Can we please start a movement for a reunion show??????? Seriously. I listen to Chum about once every couple of weeks...

Matt said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CchIs2bLHg8

diy video for "Caroline" from the album Chum

sparrow hawks said...

great memories. thanks for posting this.

Jeffrey Howard said...

Naiomi's Hair had a small reunion show December 2014 in Orlando, FL. I did not attend but I hope there will be more. This post needs a re-up!

spavid said...

Hey Jeffrey. I just fixed the link. That's awesome they reunited. I may have more NH to share in the new year. Stay tuned.

Kevin Putansu said...

From the reunion show https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xJm9NOi_lqE

Daurade said...

Circa '93 I took some film-making classes at USF (in Tampa) with a member of this band. I don't remember his name, but I do remember him talking about how Naomi's Hair had an album cover of a baby underwater and we joked about suing Nirvana to get money to make films. (The cover's aren't really all that similar -- it wall all joking about!) Mark Street was the instructor and some friends in the class were Mike Baldwin and Tim Wilson. If you're out there, give a shout, eh?

Your film as I recall was beautifully shot. You tooled about in a canoe to film objects such as dining utensils tied to trees. I recall how crisp and clear it was, perfectly lit with the light shining off the silverware and the water. Very good images for an old 16mm Bolex.

Technically, you were way ahead of the rest of us!

Bruce Kelly said...

Don't know how I missed this the first time around. Looking forward to hearing it. Seeing Gainesville mentioned with the first song titled "Tilt-A-Whirl" I wondered if it might be the same song associated with the Vulgar Boatmen (one version of which was in Gainesville). Then I read the reference to the song as being from the Gizmos (which was the band Dale Lawrence of the Vulgar Boatmen came into). Sure enough, same song given a punkier take! Can't wait to hear the rest.

carl roebuck said...

This web site has all of "Chum" available for streaming/download:

http://www.jasperjohnny.com/hair/

Lotta memories: saw them all at Club Nowhere on Bennett Drive (Aaron and Tammy!): the Crowd, Disco Biscuit, Van Gogh's Ear, Braile Closet, Giant Man, Gargamel, .... great times.