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Pearls Before Swine: “Another Time”

When I started The Daily Music Break, I made a note that I would get a chance to post something from Pearls Before Swine. It’s not the music. I like it, but that wasn’t it.

There are two reasons that I looked forward to it: It’s my favorite name of any band ever (except, of course, The Al Roker Death Cult Wind Ensemble). PBS also had the brilliant idea of using apocalyptic, violent artwork for the album covers. The best example is “The Triumph of Death” by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. It is an interesting piece of art, to say the least. Wikipedia said that the band — which was led by Tom Rapp and released six albums — also used Hieronymus Bosch paintings for covers.

Above is “Another Time.” Here is more on Pearls Before Swine.


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