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02 March 2010 @ 10:26 pm
Bp's Song of the Week #75: Skeleton Crew "Sea of Jealousy" (live)  
In 1994 as Program Director of my college radio station I was working on a tour promotion with Kansas (yea, a real college radio band, I know) and the kind ladies at Intersound Records sent me a handful of promos from a new band they were working out of Detroit called Skeleton Crew. It was an acoustic-driven mid-western rock sound with some killer bass grooves, really passionate vocals from multiple lead vocalists, and harmonies that just dripped out of the speakers.

I was in the way-back machine last week cleaning out hundreds of cassettes and listening to some of my radio shows from the college days on WRHO 89.7 The Voice of Hartwick College, and was really digging a couple cuts from Skeleton Crew that were in our rotation at the time. Over the weekend I dialed up youtube to see if there was anything there and lo and behold they sort of resurfaced last year and posted a ton of live footage from a few shows in Detroit in the early ‘90s. The two large venues in Detroit (the Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Center) would film and mix multi-cam footage during shows at the time for closed circuit TV and the footage is great with a soundboard mix. (My Rush fan friends on the list will recognize this as there are a couple of Rush shows out there from 1990 & 1994 that had the tapes leaked and I’m sure other bands shows were as well).

This week’s song isn’t on their one and only album, it’s brand new to me and I’m hooked on the layered harmonies. They’re infectious! Check out rehearsal footage in the ‘more links’ below for a version without microphones, au natural, and those harmonies will make your knees weak.

“Sea of Jealousy”

More Skeleton Crew:
“Sea of Jealousy” (rehearsal sans microphones)
“Lost My Way” (live)
“Excuse Me Sir” (live)