Jeffrey LewisWorks By Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010)

***BONUS OFFER!  The first 86 people to pre-order the CD will get an exclusive download code for four live tracks, songs NOT on the album, available ONLY with this pre-order offer! Only 86 codes are available (one for each year Tuli was on planet earth)!

Underground legend Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) was always the oldest man in rock and roll, co-founding the Fugs in the winter of 1964-1965 when he was already in his early 40s.  Being twice the age of Dylan, Reed, Jagger, et. al, never stopped Tuli from consistently being more outrageous.  Latter-day bohemian torch-bearer Jeffrey Lewis befriended Tuli in the early 2000s, and has personally organized “Tuli-day” memorial tribute concerts every year since Tuli’s passing.  This album documents some of the finer fruits of Jeffrey’s tribute arrangements, drawing from a four-decade range of Tuli’s various creative voices, from poignant 60s classics (“Morning Morning”) to never-recorded lyrics (“Listen to the Mockingbird”), poems set to music (“The And Song”), works that Tuli called parasongs (“I Wanna Hold Your Foot”) and later-period Fugs gems (“Try to Be Joyful”).  Across the board Jeffrey Lewis directs a co-ed band of wild and wooly cohorts, including original Fugs member Peter Stampfel, to bring the same surprising interpretive life to these covers as he brought to his critically-acclaimed 12 Crass Songs album.  Whether or not you’re a Fugs fan or a Jeffrey Lewis fan, Works by Tuli Kupferberg is a rollicking, laughing, tear-jerking, psychedelic ride through a hidden history of New York City folk-punk sub-genius.  Recorded in the free-wheeling spirit of the original 1965 Fugs recordings, this is an album fifty years in the making.

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April 15, 2018

1) What Are You Going to Do After the Orgy
(unrecorded early 1965 Fugs song)

2) Try to Be Joyful
(there’s a version on the late-period “Fugs Final CD part 1” from 2003)

3) Morning Morning
(from the “Fugs II” album, 1966)

4) I Wanna Hold Your Foot
(from Tuli’s “Listen to the Mockingbird” songbook series, 1970s)

5) Not Enough Loving
(from a 1960s Tuli home-demo tape, released as part of a bonus track on a Fugs CD)

6) This is a Hit Song
(there’s a version on the late-period Fugs album “Be Free” from 2010)

7) This Train is Bound for Brooklyn
(from Tuli’s “Listen to the Mockingbird” songbook series, 1970s)

8) Carpe Diem
(from the first Fugs album, 1965)

9) Love & Ashes
(from the “East Village Other Electric Newspaper” compilation album from 1966)

10) Hypothalamus
(from a 1960s Tuli home-demo tape, released as part of a bonus track on a Fugs CD)

11) Life is Strange
(from the Fugs “It Crawled Into My Hand” album, 1969)

12) Listen to the Mockingbird
(from Tuli’s “Listen to the Mockingbird” songbook series, 1970s)

13) The And Song
(from a poem on the Shimmy Disc “Tuli & Friends” album that Kramer recorded in the 80s)

14) I Was Much Mistaken
(from a 1990 Shimmy Disc compilation, but there are late-period Fugs live versions too)

15) No Deposit, No Return
(from the 1966 Tuli solo album “No Deposit/No Return”)

Release Credits

Jeffrey Lewis = guitar, vocal, keyboard, melodica, and producing
Brian Speaker = electric lead guitar, and engineering/recording
Steve Espinola = piano, electric tennis racket, vocal
Peter Stampfel = fiddle, vocal
Mem Pahl = bass, vocal
Brent Cole = drums, vocal
Heather Wagner = drums, vocal
Spencer Chakedis = mandolin, vocal
Rebecca Tilles = bass, vocal
Rachel Swaner = melodica, vocal
Julie LaMendola = vocal
Leslie Graves = vocal

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