Posted: February 28, 2019 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The Baseball Project ((Steve Wynn, Mike Mills, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pittmon) performed The Kinks ‘Lola’ as part of the Wild Honey Orchestra performing ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Appreciation Society’ album & other Kinks classics at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA, alongside many other guests.

R.E.M. were known to cover Kinks songs such as ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’ back in the day….

Wynn and drummer Linda Pitmon came to Portland for the sessions, by which point they’d written 16 baseball songs between them. That’s when they reached out to R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. He and McCaughey have shared a lot of history these past few decades.

Buck has been a fairly steady member of McCaughey’s the Minus 5 since 1993. And McCaughey was an R.E.M. sideman from 1994 until the breakup in 2011, playing on every R.E.M. release from “New Adventures in Hi-Fi” to “Collapse into Now.” 

“We drafted Peter because Peter likes to make music,” McCaughey says. “He didn’t care about the baseball thing so much. But he likes to make records, so he got in on it. We didn’t really think it was gonna be a band at that point. We just thought we were making a record about baseball.” That record was the Baseball Project’s first release, “Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails.”

And as McCaughey recalls, “We had such a good time with it, we turned into a band. And we’ve kind of kept going since then with no end in sight, although it’s been a long time since our last record. We’ve been kind of dawdling.”

They’ve recorded three albums and taken on another famous member, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills.

Mike came in as kind of a pinch hitter because Peter couldn’t do some tours that we had planned,” McCaughey says. “So Mike started playing bass on the live shows and then he just became a full-on band guy so we swelled our ranks to a five-man team.”

The Wild Honey Foundation Presents A benefit for the Autism Think Tank The Wild Honey Orchestra performs The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.

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