It's been a while...... Driving back from Austin to Dallas I heard this song on one of the great Austin stations and it floored me. "As You Like It"
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
A Great Overlooked Band of the 90's
If you ever were about to have a breakup, having a breakup, or just had a breakup, there was no better tonic to add to your glass of sorrow, anger and confusion than the Afghan Whigs. Lead singer Greg Dulli delved into all the base emotions of this turmoil and never minced words. From "Now You Know" off the Gentlemen CD: "Bit into a rotten one now didn't you, now I can watch you chew.......chew" Is he talking about himself? or Her? Regardless, this is one of the most emotional, intense, raging slabs of musical heat ever laid down. The whole Gentlemen album is about a bad breakup - and it got me through one of my own. These "kings of the minor chord" put out several great albums and why they didn't get as big as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden or a myrad of other alternative rockers is probably due to the fact that they lingered in the dark side lyrically and musically, and never comprimised their sound. And oh, did I mention that they combined all this angst with a Mowtown/Soul Music influences? (They even did an EP of Mowtown covers!) These guys were Emo whithout the whine and would easily stomp all over these floppy haired alternative pussies of the 00's. Drink deep and drink heavily of the incredible music these ragers made - everyone needs a little minor chord punch on occasion.
Now You Know
Debonair off "Gentlemen" (the closest they came to a hit)
"Gentlemen" - shoulda been a hit
Singer Greg Dulli was either so distraught with this song or he wanted a female angle to this concept album that he had Marcy Mays from the band Scrawl sing it. Live video from the '94 Reading Festival. (hang tight until the 3:50 point when she really starts to wail)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
This has to be a huge hit in some parallel universe. Pure pop bliss joy - what does it mean? no idea!
Posted by JT at 1:23 PM
Saturday, February 23, 2008
GBV(1987-2004).....under appreciated and over prolific16 - albums 16 - EPs 15 - singles 4 - BOX SETS! GOOD GOD MAN!!!
Robert Pollard (leader, lead singer) has 1528 songs registered with BMI (royalty company)
Inspired equally by jangle pop and arty post-punk, Guided by Voices created a series of trebly, hissy indie rock records filled with infectiously brief pop songs that fell somewhere between the British Invasion and prog rock. After recording six self-released albums between 1986 and 1992, the Dayton, OH-based band attracted a handful of fans within the American indie rock underground. With the 1994 release of Bee Thousand, the group became an unexpected alternative rock sensation, winning positive reviews throughout the mainstream music press and signing a larger distribution deal with Matador Records. Despite all of the attention, the band never changed their aesthetic, continuing to record their albums on cheap four-track tape decks and thereby limiting their potential audience, yet that devotion to lo-fi indie rock helped Guided by Voices maintain a sizable cult through their demise in 2004.
My favorites (currently):
Game of Pricks (single version)
Echos Myron (Bee Thousand)
Posted by JT at 8:45 AM