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Sexiest song I've ever heard.

My first run in with Gavin Friday was probably like most of America. I heard Angel on the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack. A year later, I was making out with my boyfriend in college when he put two CDs in the player. The first was Passengers and the second was Gavin Friday, Shag Tobacco. The title track from Shag Tobacco was by far the sexiest music I had ever heard and, had I not been a scared little virgin, I would have probably jumped my boyfriends bones. Not to worry, though, I did about a year later and we are now married with three kids.

The best part is that it's still the sexiest music that I have ever heard and it's STILL on high rotation in the bedroom. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Spoon in the sugar... knife in the butter...

This album is a masterpiece. If you've only heard "Angel," do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to more of Gavin Friday's work. At the very least, listen to the title track here, and "Caruso," and "The Last Song I'll Ever Sing."

Each Man Reviews the Thing He Loves

Why my brain has sought out the sounds and lyrics of this CD nearly every NIGHT for the past 19 years I do not know. All I know is that I give it what it wants. Pure beauty, quirkiness, playfulness, soul, sex, mystery, ecstacy in these 12 songs. It sickens me how good it is and how I am one of the very few who realizes its greatness. Always find something new and/or tricky (in such a good way) in these songs, the 10th, 100th, 5,0000th time I've listened to it. It's night music. Takes you somewhere you've always wanted to go, but didn't know how. Or didn't have the courage to go. It's disgusting how addictive these songs are. I see 5.99 price tag. You can't buy a whopper meal for that. I mean seriously, do you want a whopper meal or something for more delicious and nutritious? God Bless You, Gav. If only you toured in the States.


Born: October 8, 1959 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

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

Gavin Friday was the lead singer and principal visionary of one of Ireland's most ambitious, challenging, and (often) difficult post-punk groups, the Virgin Prunes. After leaving the Prunes in 1986, he abandoned the music business to paint for a year and a half, returning to the fray after teaming up with pianist Maurice Roycroft (whom Friday renamed the Man Seezer). The duo's 1989 debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves, found him making unexpected moves into a sort of modern-day cabaret style,...
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