Last Friday I tracked down a .zip file of the amazing Have a Go With The Parcels. Who are the Parcels you might ask? They were such a scrappy, adorable trio that crafted some of my most favorite pop songs. I haven’t heard them in years; my ex-beau I think got a copy of the CD from writing to AJ years ago, but since I left Buffalo, I haven’t had a copy of it for myself. Now I do, and I am listening to it right now, happily drifting down memory lane.
“Jessica Pancakes” is an obvious nod to The Association, lifting riffs straight from the source. Normally that kinda stuff might leave a bad taste in my mouth, but The Parcels obviously makes it their own and somehow totally, completely different. “Jessica Pancakes” is such a sweet, magnificent song. So magnificent, my old band covered it and made it a part of our own repertoire, only for everyone who liked us to prefer that song to any of the jams we wrote ourselves. I can’t blame them; I feel the same way! Here’s a link to a terrible video of The Grade Grubbers covering Jessica Pancakes years ago (2007).
While “Jessica Pancakes” is the obvious hit on this record, it’s not my favorite song. I think my favorite is probably “Minor Disturbance Grrrl.” If I could figure out a way to stream this shit to y’all without breaking like a thousand laws, I would. If it’s helpful, I found a download of the record on Side Ponytail.
I do have a slight tinge of guilt having downloaded this baby. Melis, Christian or AJ: if any of you read this, please send me your PayPal email address, and I will gladly PayPal y’all lik $50 for making my life so awesome due to your awesome jams being a part of it.
The Parcels, “Jessica Pancakes”