#159: Grande Rock by The Hellacopters

January 28, 2014

It’s time to bring the rock, Grand Rock that is, in the form of Sweden’s The Hellacopters, and their 1999 album. Borrowing equally from the Motown garage rock of the MCS, Stooges and Sonic Rendezvous Band, as well as stadium rockers like KISS and The Who, The Hellacopters combine it all into one big, bombastic record. While the stripped down garage rock of The White Stripes and Strokes would kick-off the '00s, The Hellacopters among a slew of other Swedish acts would put their own high-octane spin on it. We explore their game-changing third album, and discuss why Grande Rock wasn't a Grande Hit.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Move Right Out of Here

4:12 - History of the Band

17:42 - Welcome to Hell

22:57 - Paul Stanley

32:51 - Lonely

Outro - The Devil Stole the Beat from the Lord

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#158: Happy Days by Catherine Wheel

January 21, 2014

We've talked about Catherine Wheel many times throughout the years, finally we're getting around to reviewing an album - their 1995 release Happy Days. Although their sophomore album Chrome hinted at a heavier sound from the band, their earlier shoegaze influences were still evident. Not so on Happy Days, which amps up the volume and dips into the New Wave of British Heavy Metal the same way Billy Corgan would on the Smashing Pumpkins 'Gish' and 'Siamese Dream.' Many fans were caught off guard while the band attracted a whole new audience thanks to a pair of semi-successful singles. Does Catherine Wheel's embrace of metal riffage stand the test time? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Judy Staring at the Sun
6:34 - History of the Band
12:12 - God Inside My Head
24:37 - Heal
32:15 - My Exhibition
Outro - Receive
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#157: Regretfully Yours by Superdrag

January 14, 2014
Our second review of 2014 takes us to Knoxville, Tennessee to revisit the major label debut album Regretfully Yours by Superdrag. Released in 1996, the same year Alanis Morissette topped the charts while bands like The Verve Pipe, Dave Matthews and Rage Against the Machine followed closely behind, the retro power-pop of Superdrag seems radically out of place. Though they managed to breakthrough with Sucked Out, a minor hit, the band never crossed over into mainstream consciousness.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Sucked Out
4:03 - History of the Band
8:52 - Slot Machine
12:49 - Phaser
22:41 - Destination Ursa Major
31:02 - N.A. Kicker
Outro - Rocket

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#156: Villa Elaine by Remy Zero

January 7, 2014
For our first review of Season 4, we're revisiting the 1998 sophomore album Villa Elaine by Remy Zero. Comparisons at the time to Radiohead were common, but time reveals other influences creeping in from track to track, making what some would call a diverse, other inconsistent, listen. Is it a worthy album, or does the variety sink Villa Elaine? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Prophecy
3:22 - History of the Band
10:14 - Hermes Bird
21:54 - Problem
26:24 - Gramarye
33:20 - Fair
Outro - Goodbye Little World

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