Other Rocker Peeps List these Records Among their Faves
- Britt Daniels from the band Spoon listed Mountains among his favorites from 2000.
- Steve West from Pavement listed Pirate Prude as one of his records he couldn’t live without, in Pulse Magazine in December 1999.
- Juliana Hatfield listed the Dirt of Luck among her top ten favorite albums in 1995. So did Robert Pollard.
Helium and Mary Pop Up in these Songs
- Recording artist Kim Fox has a tribute song to Mary called “All the FlowersHave O’s”. You can read lyrics to that song hereMary last night I dreamt I was a vampire
My skin was pale and my eyes were blood red
I’d sink my teeth in each victim with a slow wet kiss
and wouldn’t let go until they were dead
Mary you’re haunting me, Mary it’s so spooky
Mary I know you’re on to somethingAll yesterday I imagined that I was a whore
parading around in garters and hot pink pumps
lost my virginity to some old fat man
in a room with cracking paint and a ceiling fanMary you’re haunting me, Mary it’s so dirty
Mary I know you’re on to somethingMary you sing about worlds I never see
Where flowers have O’s and X’s have wings
and all of your passion is cursed with a dark power
but through it you see the most beautiful thingsMary you’re haunting me, Mary make fun of me
Mary I know you’re on to something
from the album Moon Hut on Dreamworks Records. ©1997 Riticulous Songs/BMG Songs, Inc.
- The band Death Cab for a Cutie mentions Mary is one of their songs with the line “Mary Timony is smaller than a superball” or something like that.
- Stevie Malkmus once jammed with Dylan or a Dylan tribute or something and in one of his songs there were lyrics that went something like”…standing with her hands in back pockets, Mary Timony style”. But I read this a long time ago, so my memory could be a bit off.
- Franklin Bruno sings a song on the Simple Machines Working Holiday Live! CD [SMR 26, Disc2] called “Sleeping through the Jane Pratt Show”. In it he mentions Mary: “You’re flippin’ from Bravo to Trinity/About face you spy Mary Timony”.
- Of course there is the famous song by Mary Lou Lord, “His Indie World”, which name checks every respected indie band. Here’s the verse Helium is in: “cause I don’t fit into this indie scene/Huggy Bear and Helium and Half Japanese/Sebadoh and Sentridoh/and Superchunk/and I don’t know/Doug and Lou and Calvin too/and Kim and Kim and Kim and Kim.”
- Band friends Sleater-Kinney sometimes change the lyrics to the song “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” when performing live. At a show in Cambridge, MA they changed the “Joey Ramone” part to “Mary Timony” and incorporated “Ash Bowie” was well, but it’s hard to make out what they switched for his part.
Random Fun Facts
- Nicholas Cage is said to be a fan of the band. He reportedly wined and dined them when Helium opened up for Sonic Youth in Los Angeles in May 1998.
- Mary often replaces the “fucking” in “Trixie’s Star” with “trucking” at live shows.
- Ash used to deliver pizza for Pizza Hut when he was in school at UNC Chapel Hill.
- Ash also used to fill in on Portastatic live sets.
- Dave from Polvo was a DJ at WYXC at UNC Chapel Hill.
- Dave is now a member of Idyll Swords, along with Ash’s friend Chuck Johnson from Spatula (who were a *way* excellent band, rip)
- The Polvo song “Colonial Arms” is also the name of an apartment complex in Chapel Hill,NC.
- The Polvo song “Old Lystra” is also the name of a road outside Chapel Hill.
- “Flower of the Apocalypse” and parts of “the Bell” are latin; parts of Catholic prayers(?)/services.
- At one show opening for Quasi in DC in October 1999, Mary relayed to the audience that she left in pedal for her Fender Rhodes in Boston so her dad MADE her a pedal.
Let’s Go Out to the Movies!
- “Comet #9” appears in the movie Stealing Beauty, but not on its soundtrack. It appears when Liv Tyler is swimming in a pool.
- In the movie Traffic the character Caroline (teenage daughter) has the Mary Timony poster on her wall, which is prominently displayed in one scene.
- The movie All Over Me, in addition to featuring Mary Timony in a minor role and track on the soundtrack, features a “Dirt of Luck” poster on main character Claude’s wall.
This page appeared on the original ladyofthefire site. It was last modified: Aug 23, 2001 11:57 AM, HA!