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Album Review

A collection of B-sides, rarities and the entire EP Vampire Can Mating Oven (an anagram of the band's moniker), the disc is essential for the Camper completist, but the songs "Never Go Back" and "Seven Languages" are beauties in their own right and the covers of the Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" and Ringo Starr's "Photograph" are a perfect fit for the band who excelled at everything odd and unexpected during their too-brief stay in the late '80s.


Formed: 1983 in Redlands, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Back in the day, before alternative rock was invented and indie rock was still shy of roots music and other folk elements, Camper Van Beethoven's merging of punk, folk, ska, and world music was truly a revelation. Singer/songwriter David Lowery's smart-aleck lyrics, delivered in laid-back California style, combined with Jonathan Segel's violin as lead instrument, were the band's instant trademarks. Decades after their inception, CVB's sound is still remarkably fresh and their influence on alternative...
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