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XMAS FAKE-OUT—GIVE IT UP FOR THE FAKES!
In the spirit of Holiday Giving, Gary herein offers a blast from the
past in the form of this nifty little version of "I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU
EVERYTHING", the proto-punk anthem originally recorded by Van
Morrison's Them, and later Chicago 60s punk band The Little Boy Blues.
The version here was recorded back in 1983 by THE FAKES, comprising
Gary Lucas on guitar, producer extraordinaire David Witz on vocals,
Doug "Double Dee" DiFranco on bass (of Double Dee and Steinski fame),
and John Klett on drums (a member of Portrait Records group The
Hawaiian Pups). THE FAKES sped up the original Little Boy Blues 45,
dubbed it to one track of a four-track machine(!) and dubbed their parts
over it individually—then erased the original (kind of like
rotoscoping). They did a lot of the parts standing on the roof of Clack
Studios in NYC—the airy cavern between the skyscrapers of midtown
makes an excellent natural reverb chamber. Gary remembers the session
fondly and says: "One of my best off-the-wall guitar solos!"
Now, experience the power and the glory of THE FAKES—LIVE! (well, sort