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Michael L. Clamp - Don't fence me in

from Former Utopia Vs Michael L Clamp = The Philanthropists by Former Utopia

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Michael: 'I've got a complicated soft spot for this song. It’s pretty and winsome, with a lovely lilting melody, and the version that always comes to mind is the Bing Crosby one, which is campily reminiscent of all those Westerns that I absorbed in childhood. But the other thing about it is that it’s a paean to the American dream of landscape, and there's an interesting conflict in that. Potentially, the song is either a horribly unironic plea for lebensraum, or an anthem for the sort of ecological agenda pursued by 'The Monkey Wrench Gang.' So I played it sweet and straight, and imagined how it would sound if heard juxtaposed in sickly counterpoint to a sequence of stock newsreel, depicting the camouflage-clad tribulations of early 21st Century imperialism-in-crisis. Alternatively, you can think of it this way: I sat down, George pressed 'record,' and I played it. Then I went home."


from Former Utopia Vs Michael L Clamp = The Philanthropists, released May 7, 2009
Michael L. Clamp - ‘Don’t Fence Me In’
Cole Porter 1934 based on an original text by Robert Fletcher
Guitar/Vocals - Michael L. Clamp
Bass - George Garage
Recorded by - George Garage
Mixed by George Garage, Michael L Clamp and Jon Spleen less
Mastered by at Spleen less Studio's New York


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