One of the more odder tribute albums Related Records has undertaken is set for release on Saturday, October 11 (Yes, in the digital world, you don't have to wait until Tuesday for record store employees to unpack and stock the product).
Ryan Avery's dysfunctional family band Father's Day has been around for 10 years and to celebrate they've contacted scores of bands like Treasure Mammal, Former Friends of Young Americans, Ray Reeves, the Phoenix Sons and Shovel to cover one Father's Day song. The caveat is that it is all the same song. More like a mantra really, it's a 55-second ditty that goes "Did I use the word divorce? It's called a separation." The compilation or at least the Facebook event, is entitled "It's Called a Separation: Father's Day 10 Year Tribute Compilation."
Not since the "Best of Louie Louie" compilation where everyone from the Kingsmen to the Sandpipers to the Rice University Marching Owl Band turned their attention to that three-chord wonderment has one song been twisted and tugged into so many directions. I will disclose to you now, gentle readers, that I have taken a crack at this song myself and should this compilation ever sell in the millions, I will most assuredly go to jail. If that alone isn't incentive enough to check out this collection when she comes, let's go to the video tape.
Here's a great live version of the song performed at Trunk Space in 2008. I love everything about this clip. The way Ryan has kids in the audience pretend he's their dad, the guy with the fake cottony white beard, the two girls trying to slow dance to this rant in a mosh pit and the way Father's Day do the song, step out onto Grand as if it were their backstage and come back to do an even more ferocious version of, you guessed it...