Best of Barry Starr: the part I played

by Mermaid Guitar

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    BONUS 2 = original indie-folk, ukulele-driven rock recording of 'Claire (the girl with boofy hair)' complete with vibraphone solo.

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From the Biography/liner notes for the greatest hits of fictitious indie-rock icon Barry Starr. Click on each song for the next installment in the saga or download the album for whole BS story.

***Introduction***
The myths, legends and apocryphal tales about Barry Starr are as numerous as the phases of his career: internet music pioneer, indie rock pin-up, electro-pop studio recluse, Vegas sell-out. Did he sell out his first band (see notes to Track 4)? Was the Vegas weight actually a fat suit (see notes to Track 12)? Did he actually only exist in the mind of a record label publicity agent (see notes to Track 4 again). Those of us who knew him best have always known there were hints of truth in any of these stories but that the real story lurked somewhere in between and beyond.

This ‘best of’ album, along with these liner notes, puts the real stories in front of the people who really matter, the fans, right alongside the tunes themselves. You won't find a account of Barry's childhood upbringing at the end of the world in the south of New Zealand's South Island. You can read about that on Wikipedia or in his unofficial (and superficial) biography by Lea Torn. What you will find is an honest musical biography from someone who was there -- the girl in the background, always there for him, whether Barry was aware of my presence or not.

***click on each song to see the next installment in the saga or download the album for the whole BS story***

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released April 1, 2013

Biography text by The Mermaid Guitar.
Album art adapted by The Mermaid Guitar from the work of other Creative Commons creators as noted on each image and in the Biography on the credits page.


Disclaimer: any similarity to real people or events is entirely accidental, except where completely intentional.

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Mermaid Guitar Dunedin, New Zealand

Music should be free. If you like it: enjoy it. If you really like it: pay what you feel. Each album has bonus material for download.

Mermaid Guitar music is not earnest navel-gazing. It's indie rock with humour and hidden depths. Influenced by XTC, BNL, Weezer & Elvis Costello.
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