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This CD single is Britt Daniel's hostile response to betrayal at the hands of Elektra records' alleged A&R man Ron Laffitte. The two tunes here utilize the wonderful technique of mismatching their components' moods; that is to say, the music and melodies are downright beautiful while the lyrics are scathingly angry. They find Daniel wondering aloud about the unscrupulous rascal Laffitte, "it's like I knew/two of you man/the one before and after we shook hands" and "all I want to know/is are you ever honest with anyone?" Gracefully executed and cathartic, The Agony of Laffitte is possibly the best double-cross retaliation single in the history of rock, so effective that it's difficult to want to hear the villainized Laffitte's side of the story. The only question is, why was it reserved for 5" plastic and never pressed to wax?

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With a heady blend of precision punk and serpentine classic rock (the band has drawn comparisons to everyone from the Pixies and Sonic Youth to Elvis Costello and Tom Petty), Texas-based indie outfit Spoon went from underground press darlings to one of the genre's most critically acclaimed acts. Formed in Austin by singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, Spoon released its debut EP, Nefarious, on the small Texas imprint Fluffer Records in 1994, eventually re-recording three of the songs...
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