Moe Tucker anthologized, “After Hours” still the best song to round out that killer mix tape in your head

Moe Tucker anthologized, "After Hours" still the best song to round out that killer mix tape in your head

Maureen “Moe” Tucker wasn’t the original drummer for The Velvet Undergound (that honor belonged to the late, great Angus MacLise), but she quickly became a center of attention with her impressive percussive skills, her killer bob haircut, and her transfixing lead vocals on songs like “I’m Sticking with You” and the indispensable “After Hours” off 1969’s classic eponymous Velvet Underground LP. Tucker held her own following VU’s demise, recording and releasing several solo LPs and even bravely weathering the media shit storm that ensued in 2009 when she was “unmasked” at a Tea Party convention near Atlanta. It’s about time someone threw some worthy attention Tucker’s way (Lou Reed can only upload so many pictures of himself on Facebook) and it looks as if someone has decided to do so.

The Wire reports that Tucker’s post-VU solo material has been collected by record label Sundazed for I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998. The anthology, which saw release at the end of last month, is a 32-track collection of songs “…released by various independent labels on LPs, EPs, singles and compact discs” that officially finds a home for several of Tucker’s musical wanderings, in one convenient place. I Feel includes versions of VU “hits” like “After Hours,” “Heroin,” “I’m Sticking with You,” and “Pale Blue Eyes,” as well as numerous Tucker originals. The anthology was mastered by Bob Irwin and includes liner notes by Rolling Stone big shot David Fricke and is available now.

I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998 tracklist:

01. Bo Diddley
02. Heroin
03. Slippin’ and Slidin’
04. Around and Around
05. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
06. Ellas
07. I’m Sticking with You
08. Guess I’m Falling in Love
09. Andy
10. Hey Mersh!
11. Pale Blue Eyes
12. Chase
13. Talk So Mean (alternate mix)
14. Do It Right
15. Fired Up (single version)
16. Too Shy (single version)
17. That’s B.A.D.
18. Lazy
19. Blue, All the Way to Canada
20. Then He Kissed Me
21. Fired Up
22. I’m Not
23. I’m Waiting for the Man
24. Spam Again (live)
25. Crackin’ Up
26. I’ve Seen into Your Soul
27. Danny Boy
28. Poor Little Fool
29. I Wanna
30. To Know Him Is to Love Him
31. Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend
32. After Hours

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