James Bradford | The Fumes of Burning Bridges (Single)

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The Fumes of Burning Bridges (Single)

by James Bradford

"Fumes of Burning Bridges" is an alt-folk-rock track with a country edge; a cautionary tale of fame, greed and betrayal. It is backed with the gothic ballad "Mammie's Compact".
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Fumes of Burning Bridges
5:01 $0.99
2. Mammie's Compact
3:39 $0.99
3. Bayou Refueling Station (CGAD Rehearsal Version)
2:34 $0.99
4. The Fumes of Burning Bridges (Instrumental)
5:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The Fumes of Burning Bridges" is the first single from James Bradford's 2007 album "Ipecac Kisses". The song was first conceived in 2003, but finally fleshed out with guitarist Toshio Mana (The Bootlickers) during the filming of the T.V. show "Can't Get a Date".

"Fumes" is an up-tempo, in-your-face alt-country pop track about the perils of fame, greed and betrayal of friends.

The b-side, "Mammie's Compact," was originally conceptualized in 1999 - and intrumental recordings were even laid down during the recording of the "Mnsmoeyne's Lounge" album! James finally revisted it in Toshio, and the result is a deep, moving gothic piece about death, religion and the bonds of family.

Also features a live acoustic version of the hit "Bayou Refueling Station" as performed for the show "Can't Get a Date" and the instrumental version of "Bridges".

Soon to come...a remix maxi-single of "Bridges" featuring versions by Neil Forrester (of MTV's "The Real World London").



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Q Magazine

"Fumes" Sends Smoke Signals to the Record Industry - Look Out!
"The Fumes of Burning Bridges," James Bradford's first single from his upcoming album "Ipecac Kisses," is a major departure from previous projects. Whereas 2000's "Mnemosyne's Lounge" was a dance-pop tour de force and 2005's "Metronomosexual" was a lighthearted acoustic romp, here those paths seem to meet and implode upon each other. "Fumes" delivers some of the best indie-alt-rockin' we've heard in a long time (thanks in great part to the production of Toshio Mana of "The Bootlickers" fame.) What really drives the intensity, though, is Bradford's not-too-pretty, not-too-angry vocals, which lift lyrics like "Is your Hollywood home worth all of the head you've been giving?" beyond cliche' and into the stratosphere.