Sunday, June 03, 2007
The compilation of Allen Clapp's early singles and a few 'rarities' was released by Bus Stop not long ago, under the name Something Strange Happens, which is also the name of one of his best loved songs. And he's playing with his band The Orange Peels at the NYC Popfest soon. Allen Clapp & His Orchestra became The Orange Peels sometime in the mid-90's and released their first album Square on Minty Fresh. However, they had done some extensive demoing of the songs on 4-track before that and this is a home recorded version "Everybody's Gone". I've now heard the original (thanks to The Brogues!) and this version is very different, played as if it was a matter of life or death. A perfect pop song from start to finish. I found this demo in the latest podcast on The Orange Peels fine website. The podcast includes all the demos from Square and you should also check out the two previous ones that form a narrated history of the band.