Luna (5) ‎– Bobby Peru

Beggars Banquet ‎– BBQ 319
Vinyl, 7", Single, Clear

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A Bobby Peru
Lyrics By – Dean WarehamMusic By – Luna (5)Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Pat McCarthy
B1 Dance With Me
Engineer, Mixed By – Mario SalvatiWritten-By – J. Richman*
B2 Bob Le Flambeur
Engineer, Mixed By – Mario SalvatiMusic By – Luna (5)Producer – Luna (5)

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Released in clear vinyl.

[On rear sleeve:]
℗ 1997 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd. © 1997 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
The copyright of this sound recording is owned by Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
Made In England

[On label rim:]
℗ & © Beggars Banquet Limited 1997. The Copyright in this sound recording is owned by Beggars Banquet Limited.

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  • Barcode (Text): 6 07618 13197 5

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Prcd 9962-2 Luna (5) Bobby Peru(CD, Single, Promo) Elektra Prcd 9962-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
BBQ 319CD Luna (5) Bobby Peru(CD, Single) Beggars Banquet BBQ 319CD UK 1997 Sell This Version



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February 11, 2011

The back-story: Bobby Peru is a character in the David Lynch movie Wild At Heart: The Story Of Sailor and Lula, played by Willem Dafoe, a movie where almost nothing goes as planned, a movie where each of the characters has their own twisted logic, yet seem fated to be forever tied together for all time in a sequence of mishaps, missteps, and misadventures that leads to nearly everyone’s downfall, if not demise.

"I told lies to your family
Concerning your whereabouts
They feel so sorry for me
I invented jealous stories
My imagination ran wild
I made myself so angry
The night that you insulted me
I lay awake thinking
Clever things I could have said
My thoughts kept turning to Bobby Peru
How would he handle this one
'S' is for sorry for all that I did
Now is the time to turn it all around
I know what is the matter so why can't I fix it
Forgive me please
I had lunch with an old girlfriend
Who knows all my faults
And pretends to want to help
She said I really don't mind
Your keeping secrets from me
But please don't keep them from yourself
Murder is bad, and suicide is sad
Why would a girl like that put her head in the oven?
You have your theories, and I got one too
It's such a waste ..."

Life’s circumstances were definitely taking their toll on Dean Wareham back in 1997 ... private affairs were like shuffled papers, Luna had been folding and unfolding just as Galaxie 500 had. With no idea of the core reasons for these events, Dean seems trapped in one of life’s tape-loops, just as Bobby Peru had, leaving Dean to try and figure out his life though the character of Bobby Peru, knowing full well of Bobby’s final out come, perhaps feeling helpless as well, like being uncontrollably swept away in life’s under currents. While Bobby’s life was “such a waste,” Dean went on to reform Luna, and then disband the group in favor of creating his own band, Dean & Britta, where he could be in control of his life, his steps, his decisions, and responsible for the course of his actions. The song is a dynamic lament, layered in washes of sound, full of pining and angst, played in the lower ranges, while being delivered nearly off the cuff with splendid vocals, and quivering anticipation. This disc is presented in cardboard sleeve, fashioned after the album Pup Tent, and being a UK import, is quite difficult to come by.

Aside from the single “Bobby Peru” there’s a super seductive cover of Blondie’s “In The Flesh,” with Dean Wareham’s take on the vocals giving the song a whole new feeling to teenage wanderlust, painful longing, and introspection. Though, it was hearing the demo version of “Beggar’s Bliss” just floored me. The song has been slowed down even more, merely suggestively stepping out of the shadows, hovering at arms length, and drenched with a drug induced casualness that’s totally compelling. Even the guitar solo sounds like it’s taken just a bit too much Valium, leaving my head rolling on my shoulders with eyes half closed to everything that's not right in front of my line of view. Then comes “Bob Le Flambeur” [The song takes it’s title from the French New Wave [Film Noir] story about "Bob the Gambler," produced in 1956 by director Jean Pierre Melville, staring Roger Duchesne, noted for it’s use of a handheld camera and single jump cut format ...], a number found only here, a dynamic instrumental that swaggers and strolls with layers of guitar fuzz and reverb ... like Tuinals on parade, impossible to ignore.