A magical, whimsical song that has enriched my life
s.t. | 08/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Over thirty years ago, when i first heard this song,something about it caught my attention.....the name Phaedra. i started practicing different ways to spell it,Fadra - Phadra- Faydra----and finally came up with "Phaedra" I wrote it all the time and vowed taht it would be my daughter's name. Years later, when I was pregnant, my husband said "Your'e not naming my daughter 'Phaedra'".When I was seven months' pregnant, she decided it was time to come......no warning.....just lightening, thunder, SNOW!!!!! I went into labor, and couldn't even make it to the hospital that she was supposed to be born at!!!! She was delivered on 12/1/74, 3 lb. 14 oz..They recommended that I name her right away, because she wasn't very strong. I looked at my husband and said, with tears in my eyes, "the only name I ever had for my daughter was 'Phaedra'".So she was named phaedra, and I must have had my angel looking out for us, because MY angel, Phaedra, is fine, healthy, happy, and will be will be married in one month.Thank you Nancy and Lee, for a beautiful inspiration.P.S. We are using this song for the bride/father song ( a little hard to dance to, but it holds a lot of memories.)"
An acquired taste
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Honeymoon in Red is one of the better albums of this genre. What genre? The genre that means you like albums by Lydia Lunch, the Birthday Party, Foetus, Sonic Youth and Swans, plus many others who were really interesting but far more obscure."
Brought Down By Rowland S. Howard's vocals
s.t. | Philadelphia | 03/15/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I came to this recording mostly as a Birthday Party fan, although I do love Ms. Lunch's work with Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. The idea of a fusion of these two sounds seemed to me a pretty damn exciting prospect. Unfortunately, while historically interesting, Honeymoon in Red is only somewhat satisfying musically.
"Done Dun" and "Dead in the Head" are the only tracks with Nick Cave on vocals, and they're the only tracks that actually fulfill the potential of the BP/Lunch collaboration. The rest have great instrumentation, but are dragged down by Howard's nasal moping. Even if Lydia sang alone on the rest of the tracks, it would have been better than a slew of duets with someone with such a tepid, cartoonish whine as poor Rowland.
Great idea, but it's not surprising to learn that Nick and Mick didn't want credit for this album. Not long after, they ditched Howard and formed the Bad Seeds with Blixa Bargeld. Perhaps Honeymoon in Red served as their reason to cut him loose?
Get "Dead in the Head" and "Done Dun" and forget the rest!"