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by Spottiswoode & McMahon

Retro Lounge World Pop
Genre: Easy Listening: Lounge
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ladies & Gentlemen, S&M!
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2. I've Fallen In Love With Someone Like You Before
2:59 $0.99
3. Mummy's Got Strange Friends
2:26 $0.99
4. Don't Fall In Love With Laura Ingraham
4:21 $0.99
5. Ukrainian Girl
2:59 $0.99
6. The Cold Days of December
4:08 $0.99
7. How I Miss My Baby So (Don't Lose That Girl)
3:33 $0.99
8. Jessica, Sit Down
3:23 $0.99
9. Wooden Chair
2:43 $0.99
10. I'm So Sorry, Caroline
2:44 $0.99
11. I Live In Constant Fear
3:18 $0.99
12. Ghosts
3:46 $0.99
13. Night
2:35 $0.99
14. End Of The Day
4:21 $0.99
15. Nuit
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Album Notes
Produced By Riley McMahon
Songs By Spottiswoode

S&M is the lovechild of Spottiswoode & McMahon, a couple of New York beatniks.

They have performed S&M together here and there. Spottiswoode usually performs with a Spanish guitar while McMahon plucks, bangs and blows on this and that.

Cozy in the comfort of McMahon’s New Warsaw studio parlor in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, they invited some of their favorite musicians to perform S&M with them.

Paul Ossola (Buddy Guy, John Hiatt) brought his double bass

Todd Reynolds (Bang On A Can, Steve Reich, Joe Jackson) brought several dozen violins

Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club, Wild Colonials) brought his tablas and bongos

Kenny White (Sean Colvin, solo maestro) brought a grand piano

Candace De Bartolo and Kevin Cordt (Spottiswoode & His Enemies) brought a sax and a trumpet

Trevor Exter brought a cello and some Portuguese

Many other talented and sexy folk shared instruments, accents and a good old-fashioned submissive sense of adventure

Spottiswoode arrived with a Polish kielbasa and a lot of tunes

McMahon pulled out all his toys and then turned on his microwave oven

The result?

An orgiastic smorgasbord of song. Stories of love, disillusionment, Ukrainians, Parisians, New Yorkers, Londoners, Scots, Cubans, Indians, Brazilians, children, parents, gypsies, and other more interesting stuff. A rich and seamless journey through women, continents and past lives….


While he is not performing S&M, Spottiswoode fronts the cult NYC band, Spottiswoode & His Enemies.

In addition to being one of Spottiswoode’s Enemies, Riley McMahon is one of the busiest musicians and producers in New York City.



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Thumbs up!
The quintessential Spottiswoode album - this one brings it all home. Imaginative melodies with delightful accompaniments by Mr. McMahon and friends, this is a weird afternoon of parlor music that is some bastard fusion of Harry Connick Jr and Rod McKuen on acid. The usual gallery of characters and crumbs of love fill in the story lines but it's the music that captivates and intrigues.
I'm usually rotating album's out of my FAV list on my iPod about every week. S&M has been on that list for several weeks now. I'm liking it.

David Fox

Worth every penny
Of the Spottiswoode collection, this is my #2 right behind "That's What I Like". You can listen to these songs over and over and not grow tired. They take you on a winding journey through noire, country-folk, sad-love, and whimsical themes.

satamakatu, Brussels

Very happy to have discovered this album, via Zimmermans and Spottiswoode and his Enemies. Looking forward to future albums and... gigs in Europe!

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

There is something fully numbing and stunning about Spottiswoode & McMahon that freezes the brain much like eating ice cream too quickly. While one ponders influences such as Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, these songs blissfully inhabit the spooky, the derelict, the tossed out and forgotten nuggets of human creativity and therefore, steer the listener towards territories that stir and titillate the underbelly of one's mind, the deserted corners of one's heart. Giving the impression that no genre, no style, no sound effect, no far-fetched musical idea is off limits, S&M is an album that is so easy to fall in love with that you'll almost be grumpy about it. Brilliant.