Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hindu Love Gods

Hindu Love Gods was a side project of the late great Warren Zevon and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry.  They started playing occasional gigs together in 1984, mostly in Athens, and mostly doing blues covers.  They released one album, self-titled Hindu Love Gods, in 1990. 

How the album came about is an interesting story.  Zevon had enlisted Buck, Mills, and Berry to play on his upcoming Sentimental Hygiene album.  During the recording of that album, the four musicians got together to jam (after partying until late in the evening) and decided on a whim to record the session.  Legend has it that the resulting album was recorded in its entirety in the wee hours that night.  It was not originally intended for release, but it sounded pretty darn good, so what the heck?

Their version of the Prince classic “Raspberry Beret” hit number 23 on the charts.  Not bad for a song/album that came about by accident!

And while we're on the subject of Warren Zevon / R.E.M. collaboration, here's one from Zevon's Sentimental Hygiene album.  Written and performed by Zevon, Buck, Mills, and Berry.
Even A Dog Can Shake Hands
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