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Sally Timms

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Sally Timms recorded In The World Of Him with Johnny Dowd and his band in Ithaca, NY over the course of several sessions during 2003. She has been collecting these songs for the past few years, the developing theme being songs written by men and sung from their perspective. They cover war, marriage, abandonment, and the inability to articulate and range from the apologetic to the analytical. Songs were written by Ryan Adams, Mark Eitzel, Kevin Coyne, Johnny Dowd, Mekons, Jon Langford and Sean Garrison.

Sally is best known for her long involvement with the Mekons whom she joined in 1986. She recorded her fi rst solo album, Hangahar (an experimental improvised fi lm score), at the age of nineteen with Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks. She has released several other solo CDs, Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat in 1988, To the Land of Milk and Honey in 1995, and a country album, Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos, for Bloodshot Records in 1998.

Sally sang 'Give me Back my Dreams' on The Sixths' Hyacinths and Thistles and has recorded with Marc Almond, the Aluminum Group, Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Show, the Sadies, Andre Williams and A Grape Dope. She participated in Vito Acconci's 'Theater Project for a Rock Band' as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in 1995 and also performed with Kathy Acker in her lesbian pirate operetta Pussy, King of the Pirates at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and elsewhere. Sally sang several songs on The Executioner's Last Songs CDs, which raised funds for the Illinois Moratorium Against the Death Penalty, and will participate in Jon Langford's performance project organized through 'Alverno Presents' at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Milwaukee Art Museum in April 2005. She occasionally writes crude broadsheets on pop culture, which have been subsequently published in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader and TimeOut NY.