Bonus Song of the Day: Pela – Good Foot on a Bad Doorstep


photo by Ron Henry

As we were scheduling this week’s round of Sasquatch-related podcasts, we asked the guys in Pela if they had anything that we hadn’t yet heard before. Turns out, they did! This song, entitled “Good Foot on a Bad Doorstep,” has been available in “banjo” form on the the World’s Fair website for some time, but the unmastered yet full-band version that you’ll hear as your bonus Song of the Day podcast hasn’t yet been released to the world.

Pela – Good Foot on a Bad Doorstep (MP3)

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Says singer Billy McCarthy, who earlier called the song “a sordid love tale of NYC late night bar trolls”:

The song is about good old fashion infidelity and it folding back on the infidel. It was originally on banjo and didn’t make Anytown [Graffiti]. But we knew we’d release it some day. It was recorded on a cheap Kimball organ… like the kind that Hare Krishna’s use. The violin player was this old Cuban guy that hung at my bar. And he was so drunk during the session that his breathing was bleeding through the microphone… we thought he’d pass out but he never did… he just sat there smelling of alcohol and cologne.

In the Northwest, you can catch Pela at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle on 5/25, at Sasquatch! Music Festival (in front of huge audiences, the way the band is meant to be heard) on 5/26, and at the Doug Fir in Portland on 5/27 — whew! when they say they’re back on tour, they aren’t kidding! The rest of the States can check out the Pela Blog or the band’s MySpace page for dates closer to home. Enjoy this very special release from one of the best live bands you’ll ever hear.

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4 Comments

  1. Greg
    Posted May 19, 2008 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    THank you for this track. Looking forward to hearing you live, finaly, @ the Tractor!

  2. Posted May 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t a new song – it was released in 2006, i believe, on their “Exit Columbia Street EP”. Wasn’t really an EP, i suppose – it has 10 tracks. but i noticed on their website that it is listed as ‘no longer available’. either way, good track good band.

  3. Posted May 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Hmm… It’s listed here as having only 6, and not this song. It certainly was written around that time, tough possibly after and before Anytown Graffiti. I suppose we’ll just have to ask them when come to town… though, as you say, not that it matters.

  4. Jenny
    Posted May 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely luv this band!!! Everytime they come to Chicago I see them and am never disappointed!! This song gets me good. Love it. Keep it up lads!!

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