The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

NOTE: This blog post was written in March 2011…and sadly it appears that the promised video links no longer work.

Sean Lennon, Bob and Charlotte Kemp Muhl As the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon really needs no introduction. Actually, neither does Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Without knowing it, you’ve probably seen the 23-year-old fashion model in commercials for Maybelline, or in the pages of your favorite glossy magazine. Together, they are surely one of New York’s most artsy and fashionable couples. Aside from forming a romantic relationship, they also started Chimera Music together and they formed a band called The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (often abbreviated GOASST and pronounced “Ghost”). Bob and I took the train from to New York to interview them at Sirius. For their recent tour, and for the studio performance GOASTT gave us, Sean and Charlotte were joined by horn player CJ Camerieri who can do amazing things with a trumpet and a french horn. To their regret, CJ does not appear on The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s debut CD called Acoustic Sessions. After a late start, the three played most of the cuts from the album plus a few new songs. Sean sang, while playing guitar and a kick drum at the same time. Charlotte sang and alternated between an electric bass, an accordion and melodica, while CJ added beautifully strange textures by electronically altering his horn playing. I saw this same trio perform flawlessly live on stage a few weeks before but for this studio session, we indulged Sean and Charlotte’s competitive perfectionism so recording the songs took longer than expected, but we were still able to record a 40 minute interview with them before Bob and I said thank you and rushed back to Penn Station to catch our train to DC.

Here are a few more photos.

Here is their video for Schroedinger’s Cat.

And here is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show from January.