Poison Against Poison
Tired of dealing with your pile of Bill Foreman cassettes from days of yore? Heard his music recently, while his back catalogue has been out-of-print? Here it is: 63 songs, 3 CDs, nearly 4 hours worth of music, containing music from throughout Bill's career, excepting Chevy w/Balding Tires, which stands, as it was intended, on it's own. Lyrics and information are provided in a 90-page booklet. Nothing squashed into a little book in a font that's too small to read. The collection draws from Bill's early demos, the collaborations La Petite Orange, The Little Band, ¡Hey Rhumbahead!, and In the Choir of Primates, and includes all the original music from his four solo albums--The Bathroom Mirror, Tangerine, The Duck Hunter, and Building St. Petersburg--prior to Chevy, as well as two tunes Bill wrote in 2002 and 2003. Bill has taken great care and incurred innumerable headaches remastering this music from the best available source material. The songs included here represent, when paired with Chevy w/Balding Tires, Bill's ouvre as he wants it represented. This is not an 'everything and the kitchen sink' boxed-set: every song included here bears Bill's seal of approval, and indeed some songs were left off as they were not up to snuff. Poison Against Poison is more than a decade of work from one of the finest, most idiosyncratic, least patient with the music-machine writers around. As Bill puts it in the liner notes: 'These songs are the result of much labor and much love. If they might serve some purpose, let them demonstrate that one can produce compelling music in the late 20th and early 21st century United States by one's own efforts. One doesn't need the approval of various corporations, factions, trends, or markets to be good.' Listen and hear why.