Today Andrew Rinehart shares a cover of “More Real,” originally by The Necessaries, a band that included Arthur Russell as a member in the early 80s. The song will appear on Rinehart’s forthcoming EP, Have Fun Idiot, which is out Aug. 6, 2021.
‘”More Real’ was originally done by a band called The Necessaries, who counted Arthur Russell as a member (he wrote the song and handles vocal duties on it) for part of their run. The Necessaries were active in the early 80s and also featured Ernie Brooks of the Modern Lovers and Jesse Chamberlain (who played with Mayo Thompson’s Red Krayola). I’ve always loved the song — and feel a certain kinship with Arthur Russell — so I was excited to do my own rendition of it. It was recorded in my hometown of Louisville, KY, and mixed by Jorge Elbrecht. I hope it does a little good in the world.”
Originally from Louisville, KY, Andrew Rinehart has been active in both the Brooklyn and LA DIY scenes for the last 11 years. He co-founded the Body Actualized Center in Bushwick, and helped curate shows at Downtown LA’s “secret venue” Basic Flowers. Along the way he’s released a double LP on Buddyhead Records, 4 EPs, and a slew of singles.
He recently announced a new EP titled Have Fun Idiot, along with a music video for the 1st single “Zoë.” Helmed by up-and-coming LA director Cory Nixon, the video pays homage to queer Filmmaker Greg Araki’s The Doom Generation, with cameos by LA musical IT couple George Clanton and Lindsey French (aka Negative Gemini).
The 6-song EP includes a Bonnie Prince Billy-assisted cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil,” and a reworking of a rare Arthur Russell side project track.
Have Fun Idiot EP
Street Date: Aug. 6, 2021
2. More Real (cover of The Neccessaries feat. Arthur Russell)
3. Infinite Scroll
4. Finite Jazz
5. Friend of The Devil (Grateful Dead cover feat. Bonnie Prince Billy)
6. Big Sur God Song