After months and months of inactivity around here, you might say it takes balls as big as church bells to slink back into the blog scene with a random Vulgar Boatmen video. And you'd be right. Hello, good people of the internet. How've you been?
"Change the World All Around" is far and away my favorite song from their You and Your Sister album from 1989. Like the Feelies, Dream Syndicate, and a million other bands before them, the Vulgar Boatmen updated the sound of the Velvet Underground, but added a measured rural sensibility that never would've worked coming from Los Angeles or urban north Jersey. This live version was recorded (apparently at someone's wedding?) in 1992. The sound is a bit crackly at the beginning, but corrects itself quickly.
Weirdest detail revealed by their Wikipedia bio: The two principal members of the band lived in different states and eventually lead different but simultaneously active versions of groups calling themselves the Vulgar Boatmen. YouTube's got a (poorly mic'd) trailer for a 2010 documentary on the group, though I have no idea if the full feature was ever released.