It's pretty arbitrary. The MIA song, I heard it when we were in Europe on tour, and I just loved it. And so, I became obsessed with it and started playing it at sound check, and next thing we knew, we were playing it. The Brian Eno song was a song that I'd wanted to cover for a while.

And "Ripple," I'm not a Grateful Dead fan, but I like a few songs on their American Beauty record, and that song I just really love. I was playing it at sound check, and I checked my vocals, and the band joined in.

Then we tried all different ways. We tried doing it punk, tried doing it mellow. Then we ended up doing it what I thought was just kind of straight-ahead. I like to think of it kind of like Velvet Underground rock, with a lot of strumming and a guy singing. So I don't think the other guys were big fans of it. It just sort of happened.

The band provides only this silly drawing.
Graham MacRae
The band provides only this silly drawing.

Location Info


Culture Room

3045 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fort Lauderdale


Built to Spill, with Helvetia and Sister Crayon. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $18, plus fees. Call 954-564-1074.

But you liked it enough.

I liked it. I thought it was funny. I thought some of our fans would appreciate it. Kind of, there's a lot of sort of jam-band, Deadhead people who are fans of Built to Spill. And I thought the hipsters might appreciate it too — the ones who hate the Dead or never really heard of them. We'll do a Grateful Dead song and maybe we'll open a couple of minds up to that.

It's like a musical lesson almost. It's like that's your good deed. That's your political statement.


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