The Best of…Camper Van Beethoven…a greatest hits compilation

Camper Van Beethoven is a band from mainly the 1980s fronted by Cracker frontman David Lowery. Cracker is my favorite band and was before I ever really listened to Camper Van Beethoven. Most fans of the bands were fans of Camper Van Beethoven and followed Lowery to Cracker.

Because I went about this reverse, Camper Van Beethoven almost seems like a secondary band to me to Cracker. The bands are different but are also very comparable because of David Lowery’s writing and singing. There was a time in the early 2000s when the difference between the two bands was only exchanging Greg Lisher(Camper) for Johnny Hickman(Cracker.)

So I have decided to make a stab at a one disc greatest hits for David Lowery’s first band, Camper Van Beethoven. It is noteworthy that Camper Van does have a greatest hits/best of compilation available. This can be used as a guide. Here is their track listing for “Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty.”

Camper Van Beethoven - Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty

Camper Van Beethoven - Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty

  1. The Day That Lassie Went to the Moon
  2. Border Ska
  3. Take the Skinheads Bowling
  4. Pictures of Matchstick Men
  5. Skinhead Stomp
  6. Opi Rides Again/Club Med Sucks
  7. Eye of Fatima (Parts 1&2)
  8. ZZ Top Goes to Egypt
  9. Sad Lovers’ Waltz
  10. When I Win the Lottery
  11. The History of Utah
  12. Seven Languages
  13. All Her Favorite Fruit
  14. Good Guys & Bad Guys
  15. Circles
  16. One of These Days
  17. Ambiguity Song
  18. Shut Us Down

Here is my list:

  1. The Day That Lassie Went to the Moon
  2. Take the Skinheads Bowling
  3. Ambiguity Song
  4. Cowboys From Hollywood
  5. Sad Lover’s Waltz
  6. Seven Languages
  7. Good Guys & Bad Guys
  8. The History Of Utah
  9. Shut Us Down
  10. Eye of Fatima (Parts 1&2)
  11. She Divines Water
  12. One of These Days
  13. Life Is Grand
  14. Sweethearts
  15. When I Win The Lottery
  16. All Her Favorite Fruit
  17. Pictures of Matchstick Men
  18. Think About Me
  19. The Long Plastic Hallway
  20. 51-7
  21. Might Makes Right
  22. Hippy Chicks
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