SNAKEFINGER – NIGHT OF DESIRABLE OBJECTS - FREAKY FRIDAY BLOG

June 8, 2012

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So here’s Snakefinger’s 1986 album: Vestal Virgins – Night of Desirable Objects!

Philip Charles Lithman was an English musician, singer and songwriter who performed under the name of “Snakefinger. He was born in Tooting, South London in 1949 and came from the British Blues scene.

He moved to San Francisco and lived there from 1969 to 1972 
collaborating with an avant garde American band called The Residents, playing guitar and violin.

Apparently it was The Residents themselves who gave him the moniker “Snakefinger” after seeing a photograph of Lithman performing, in which his finger looks like a snake about to attack his violin. They collaborated on a number of records that were released by the American record label: Ralph Records.

Lithman formed his back-up band called The Vestal Virgins in 1982 and it was in 1986 that they released this particular album, Night of Desirable Objects, a collection of their original material, featuring a variety of styles including jazz, folk, rock, gospel and polka.

It is ironic that he died of a heart attack on the very day his single entitled“There’s No Justice in Life” was released.

Lithman may not have been well known but he is held in high regard by those who revered his particular style of guitar playing that covered different genres of music.

For more information, please go to www.ricsrecordrack.com. This record is still available.

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