Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Closer To Fine" by Indigo Girls

To mark the birthday of Emily Saliers - herself half-responsible for the sweet harmonies of Indigo Girls, alongside Amy Ray - I thought I'd post this clip of their first network television appearance, on Late Night with David Letterman in 1989. In addition to singing their first hit, Closer to Fine, they also engage in a little awkward banter with Letterman afterwards, in which he falls all over himself to be nice to them.

Although they'd released a 7" single (Crazy Game with Everybody's Waiting (for Someone to Come Home) on the b-side) in 1985, and their first full-length album Strange Fire in 1987, it wasn't until the release of their first major label release - 1988's Indigo Girls - that they scored a major hit with Closer To Fine. The album unfortunately* lost the Best New Artist Grammy to pop fraudsters Milli Vanilli, but won Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

*Or fortunately, given the curse that winning Best New Artist seems to bestow.
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