The Greenskeepers’ track Low And Sweet (FF 2001 #24) is just about and simple and engaging as you can get. A catchy acoustic tune reminiscent of Django Reinhardt (which it may even be, I don’t know) is laid against a snuffling backbeat and originally a surprise ending that fooled even JP. They come from Chicago, but, since I’ve never heard of them outside the context of Peely’s chart, here is what their MySpace site says about how them:
As individuals, maestro Mark Share, electro-percussionist James Curd, vocalist Nick Maurer, and bassist Coban Rudish are fine musicians, humans even, but in the greater order, they are mere mortals. Together, they are the Greenskeepers—a band of brothers and an ordinance of auditory assault.
Or from their Om Records site:
Greenskeepers’ founding members James Curd and Nick Maurer grew up skateboarding together in Chicago in the early nineties. In those years, Maurer performed singing and playing guitar in various punk bands and Curd spent his time DJ’ng, holding down residencies with Derrick Carter. In 1998, Curd and Maurer got together and wrote the whimsical song Should I Sing Like This as Greenskeepers, taking their name from their shared employment at the time, caddying. It was Maurer and Curd’s initial vision to have a good time, record it, and see if people would dance to it. They did! The tune became a hit amongst DJ’s throughout the city and Carter signed the group to his Classic Recordings imprint releasing the song on 12” later that year. Gaining press support from the likes of Rolling Stone to URB, the Greenskeepers new and fresh take of mixing classic 20’s swing with house and spinning it all together into one big twirling whimsical whirlwind caught the ear of multi-instrumentalist and producer Mark Share. While Maurer spent time traveling in Germany looking for love in all the right places, Share sat in with Curd to help complete the Greenskeepers’ first full length album The Ziggy Franklin Radio Show [currently unavailable in the UK – SIG] in 2001.
Peel supported them heavily, and was pleased when the track made the chart: as he said, ‘And this, gratifyingly, is at number 24…from an EP called, rather puzzlingly, What’s Your Man Got To Do With Gan?‘.