The Stand Ins (2008) This Austin quintet follows 2007's The Stage Names with a second tour de force about the collateral damage of fame. Under the surface of The… 2008-09-09 Okkervil River Rock
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The Stand Ins (2008)

Okkervil River | STAND UP MEN Okkervil River sing about fame's downside on The Stand Ins
STAND UP MEN Okkervil River sing about fame's downside on The Stand Ins
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Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2008; Lead Performance: Okkervil River; Genre: Rock

This Austin quintet follows 2007's The Stage Names with a second tour de force about the collateral damage of fame. Under the surface of The Stand Ins' lavish arrangements lurk harrowing portraits of such real-life casualties as the glam-rock singer Jobriath (''Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed on the Roof of the Chelsea Hotel, 1979'') and the porn-star suicide Savannah (''Starry Stairs''), plus the nameless, spurned lovers of those in the spotlight. We'd say Okkervil River should be famous — but on this evidence, maybe they're better off producing their classics from the sidelines. A
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Originally posted Sep 05, 2008 Published in issue #1010-1011 Sep 12, 2008 Order article reprints