THE BALANCING ACT Three Squares And A Roof (1987), Campfire Songs EP (1986) & Rarities TBA (1985-1988)

Three Squares And A Roof (1987)
& Campfire Songs EP (1986)
Cool Acoustic Adventurers

The debut CD from acoustic adventurers The Balancing Act, featuring their first EP (produced by Peter Case) packaged with their first full-length album. The word quirky gets tossed around a lot with these guys because there aren’t many precedents for what they do. The closest comparisons I can muster might be the acoustic experimentation Simon & Garfunkel championed with Bookends (think “Save The Life Of My Child” or “At The Zoo”), mixing percussive elements, dissonant instrumentation and lively vocal harmonies. They love to lyrically document the mundane, as if Squeeze’s Difford & Tilbrook gave them carte blanche to sing about anything that might have happened to them during the course of the day. Throw in some strange cover choices from the likes of Captain Beefheart (“Zig Zag Wanderer,” below), P.I.L. or Funkadelic and it starts to make even less, glorious sense. Re-invented acoustic music delivered with a slightly skewed perspective. Don’t forget to get their final release, Curtains, in the archives. Find this one at Amazon, HERE.

3 Cards
This Is Where It All Begins
Kicking Clouds Across the Sky
Whiskered Wife
The Ballad Of Art Snyder
Red Umbrella
The Governor Of Pedro
Waiting For The Mail
Searching For This Thing
We’re Not Lost

Wonderful World Tonight
Who Got The Pearls?
A T.V. Guide In The Olduvai Gorge
A Girl, Her Sister And A Train
The Neighborhood Phrenologist
Zig Zag Wanderer

Rarities TBA (1985-1988)
Unreleased Live Tracks & Demos

Here’s a small collection that comes to us from an ancient Balancing Act fan page, The OK quality varies, as does the bit rate, but there are some fun oddities here, including a live cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” that manages to sound like a TBA original. Also, demos from the group’s finale, Curtains. The fan page also has radio interviews for download and info about post-TBA work.

Ace of Spades (Live) (2:59)
Red Umbrella (Live)
Furniture (Live)
The Neighborhood Phrenologist (Live)
Searching For This Thing (Live)
Leopardskin Pillbox Hat (Demo)
She Doesn’t Work Here (Demo) (3:21)
Floor 13 (Demo)
Dangerous Roof (Demo) (2:02)


  • Anonymous
    November 10, 2009 - 02:53 | Permalink

    Excellent. Thanks for posting. I am looking forward to hearing this again.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 9, 2009 - 22:15 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE

  • DJ Useo
    November 14, 2009 - 03:37 | Permalink

    I own the 3 squares one on vinyl,but just have to check out that ep.
    Thanks much.
    This is one heck of a blog.

  • Anonymous
    November 17, 2009 - 07:28 | Permalink

    Ah, what a great band! Too bad they never recorded their great version of P.I.L.' s "The Suit". Thanks for sharing.

  • Ploni
    November 30, 2009 - 17:51 | Permalink

    Thanks again! This inspired me to post on my blog the compilation LP that I own which they appear on. I'm really happy to hear more of their music!

  • Anonymous
    January 29, 2011 - 18:24 | Permalink

    Balancing act blew me away when I heard their disc years ago!….Three Squares and a Roof is awesome!!

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