Yo La Tengo :: Fakebook (1990)

ylt_fakebook.jpgLast month we discussed Fuckbook, but first there was Fakebook.   As full albums go Fakebook is arguably one of, if not, the most enjoyable of Yo La Tengo’s releases to sit down and experience from beginning to end.   Is it the most unique?   No.   The most groundbreaking?   No.   But while they have taken many various and adventurous turns throughout their career, both before and after Fakebook, it was here, four albums into their two-plus decade career that the Hoboken group dialed everything back to the bare essentials.   To make an influence appropriate analogy, this would be Yo La Tengo’s The Velvet Underground, the VU’s third, self-titled LP, released after two groundbreaking releases built on the deconstruction and re-imagination of “rock” music.

Comprised of eleven covers and five originals, Fakebook finds the group paying homage to, and relishing, a set of songs from both legends (Cat Stevens, The Flamin’ Groovies) and contemporaries (Jad Fair) alike.   Whimsical, earnest, and at their most accessible, YLT doesn’t miss a beat here.   Fakebook is close to perfection in the material, delivery and execution…and they never made another album quite like it.

Elsewhere: Already a fan of Fakebook?   If so, do yourself a favor and check out this feature over at Setting The Woods on Fire in which they gather up, and post, the original tracks the band covered.   Great stuff.

Related: Condo Fucks :: Fuckbook (Yo La Tengo)

MP3: Yo La Tengo :: Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens cover)
MP3: Yo La Tengo :: You Tore Me Down (Flamin’ Groovies cover)
Amazon: Yo La Tengo – Fakebook

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7 thoughts on “Yo La Tengo :: Fakebook (1990)

  1. agreed. loved that album. early YLT at its most accessible and a fantastic exercise in showing off its the band’s most exquisite taste in music. i heard the drummer has an awesome Prince cover album that i’ve never been able to find. can u post me some of that?

  2. Great album, they always play great covers live and this is a great collection of some of them. Another favorite is their distortion filled version of Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby”

  3. I want to thank you for writing articles like this. I’ve been a reader for awhile and it’s pieces like this that keep me coming back. Thank you for being, in my own opinion, one of the only music blogs worth reading.

  4. there aren’t any jad fair covers on fakebook. ylt cover a song of his as a b-side to a song from painful. perhaps you meant daniel johnston? he and the scene is now are really ylt’s only contemporaries covered on fakebook.

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