"Can’t Forget" by Yo La Tengo from Fakebook (1990)
In this new era, it’s inevitable to think of Facebook with a title like Fakebook, but luckily, back when this album was released, Yo La Tengo didn’t have to explain a hundred times that it wasn’t related in any way to Facebook. On one of the KEXP blogs I read that “A ‘fake book’ is a collection of sheet music for popular songs in basic voice/melody/chord form; jazz musicians.use them to memorize popular songs […] for improvisation. Yo La Tengo use that idea here, combining covers of obscure songs from other bands with originals, some (I think) from their own back catalog”
Since I didn’t know that, I thought that Fakebook was a way of making fun of their own album. It’s as if they want the listeners not to take it seriously, because this is not them. And you can notice this, not only because most of the songs are covers, but because if you know the band, it’s inevitable to be surprised by this folky sound . Just like John Dougan wrote for Allmusic, ”recommending Fakebook as the best place to begin a relationship with Yo La Tengo is slightly disingenuous, mainly because Yo La Tengo has never made another record like it, and perhaps never will.”
The opening track, “Can’t Forget”, is one of the few original songs on it and I think it’s my favorite one on the album.