SotD: Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, “Love Like We Do”

Even though I had bought a CD player in the spring of 88, I kept on purchasing vinyl on occasion through the rest of the year. One of those last-gasp LPs was Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, from Texas folk-rock band Edie Brickell and New Bohemians. Yes, I was charmed by “What I Am” (which was just hitting the Top 40 thirty years ago); I can get why some folks found it annoying and/or not… too deep, but I’m still plenty good with lines like “Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box,” maybe particularly because it’s a part of a rhyme across verses. I spent the winter of 88/89 listening to the album over and again—it’s one that reminds me oh-so-well of that prelim prep period—and found a number of its tracks entirely satisfying, including “Little Miss S,” “Air of December,” “The Wheel,” “Beat the Time,” and “Nothing.” It feels like Brickell was one of the first artists younger than I (excluding teen sensations) to have a hit record.

The best song (IMHO) on Rubberbands was the fifth cut on side one, a jaunty, feel-good number called “Love Like We Do.” (Though I suppose it does have one of those lines of Brickell’s that some folks find too precious: “I don’t believe in hatred anymore/I hate to think of how I felt before.”would have picked it as the follow-up to “What I Am,” but the suits at Geffen elected to make it the fourth single instead. It never charted, though I saw its pretty cool video, which includes animations based on Brickell’s cute doodles, a few times later in the year.

I’m also a fan of their second release, 1990’s Ghost of a Dog. I’ve got a song from it I might feature someday…

One thought on “SotD: Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, “Love Like We Do””

  1. I was student teaching in Dallas when I bought this album on CD, which was a major financial consideration at the time. Like you, I think the best song on the album is “Love Like We Do” with its slowly descending chords in the chorus and the unexpected switch to a slow shuffle at the end.

    Even thought this was a “local band,” I lost interest quickly and, around 1990, traded in the CD at a local CD exchange. I’ve never heard any of the group’s subsequent releases. Apparently, the group just released new music this past October.


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