The Night We Didn't See Carl Sagan [EP] by Let's Not and Say We Did
Date Released 6/1/2012 Sales 12 Listens 25
Original Release Date: January 4, 1988
Peak Chart Position: 23
This follow-up to LN&SWD's classic album "Out of the Picture" was partially inspired by an ill-fated 1987 trip to see one of the band's idols, renowned astronomer and television personality Carl Sagan. Sagan's distinctive delivery of the word "billion" in many of his public appearances gave rise to Track 1 on the EP.
Once they learned that Dr. Sagan was going to be giving a lecture at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, the band eagerly leapt at the chance to see him in person. So they piled into Thrice's car and drove the 125 miles to Nashville -- on a school night even! (Thrice and Dusty both had exams the next day.)
Upon arriving at the venue, they were dismayed to see that the line outside the tiny auditorium already stretched halfway across campus. They waited in line until it was clear they would never get in.
Still plagued by an astronomy jones, they decided to seek out a planetarium. They found a pay phone (no cellphones in those days), and Dusty called Information. The sadly ill-informed operator thought he wanted to view plants and suggested parks and gardens whereupon Dusty shouted "No! No! Stars! STARS!!" and the idea for Track 4 was born...
Denied yet again, the band went to dinner where they proceeded to have too much to drink. The rest of the night is a bit of a blur, but before they left the restaurant Stella enthusiastically shared her newly-minted riddle (the genesis for Track 5) with the rest of the diners: "What's a Greek urn? About five draculas an hour!"
After they got back home, the band decided to "immortalize" the evening with their next release. They promptly wrote and recorded the three aforementioned songs and collected them along with three other new tracks on this EP. They even sent Dr. Sagan a complimentary CD and received autographed copies of his book "Cosmos" in return.
The band hopes that you enjoy this re-release.
- 1. Billions and Billions...
- 2. (I'm Gonna) Hug Him & Pet Him & Squeeze Him & Call Him George
- 3. Sock Monkey Serenade
- 4. Stars! STARS!!
- 5. What's a Greek Urn? About Five Draculas an Hour.
- 6. The Girl With Colitis Goes By...
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"Stellar. In every way."Raybo
"This album was a mainstay in our dorm back in '88. I lost my copy along the way - so excited to acquire the rerelease! Filled with all of the wit you've come to expect from LNaSWD, I especially like the Loony Toons reference and while all the tunes are "stellar" (as noted) tracks 5 & 6 close out the disc on a supremely high note! Great stuff & some of the best cover art to boot!"theHoseman
"You know an album cover is good when it's the sole reason for buying the album of a band you've never heard. In the past, I've seen LNASWD albums come around, but I never gave them much thought. Some of the artwork seemed interesting, but nothing about the albums as a whole really dragged me in. Then I saw this cover and I knew I had to have it. The songs are not entirely my style, and I have a feeling the album will take a few listens to really appreciate, but I couldn't say no to that cover."frizbee
"Another "stellar" re-release from LN&SWD."Eric