#307: II by The Presidents of the United States of America

November 29, 2016

Our Patreon patrons voted on which November 1996 release we should check out, and they voted on the sophomore album II by the Presidents of the United States of America, who scored a number one single with Lump a year earlier off their debut. With such a quick turnaround from their freshman release, is a dip in quality or are their gems to be rediscovered? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Mach 5

6:33 - History of the Band

16:30 - Tiki God

21:27 - Ladies And Gentlemen Part I

Outro - Toob Amplifier

 

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#306: Unit by Regurgitator

November 22, 2016

Our latest requested review features a band from Australian we were completely unfamiliar with - Regurgitator. Their second album Unit came out in 1997, going triple platinum, producing hit singles and winning music awards. It’s an eclectic mix of pop, rock and punk powered by ‘80s synth sounds and melodies galore. We previously encountered Spiderbait and enjoyed their genre-hopping approach, does Regurgitator match their success? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff

3:09 - History of the Band

8:44 - The Song Formerly Known As

12:31 - Just Another Beautiful Story

1734 - Mr. T

23:06 - I Will Lick Your Arsehole

Outro - Polyester Girl

 

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#305: Roundtable - Sophomore Slump Revisited - Razorblade Suitcase by Bush

November 15, 2016

For our second sophomore slump revisited episode of 2016, we jump in the time machine again to revisit 1996 and check out the second album from Bush, the Steve Albini-produced Razorblade Suitcase. Following up a massively successful debut with five hit singles is a tough job, but doing so in short period of time makes the job even harder. It sold half as many and failed to place as many hit singles on the charts, so we’ve invited back Matt Wardlaw (Ultimate Classic Rock, Lost Together Podcast) and Joe Royland (Sit And Spin VideoCast) to help us figure out if this is a true sophomore slump or an album worth redeeming.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro -  Swallowed from Razorblade Suitcase

8:32 - Machinehead from Sixteen Stone

18:33 - Personal Holloway from Razorblade Suitcase

31:55 - Mouth from Razorblade Suitcase

41:19 - Mouth (The Stingray Mix) from Deconstructed

Outro - Greedy Fly from Razorblade Suitcase

 

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#304: Building by Sense Field

November 8, 2016

Our latest requested review gives us a chance to revisit the 1996 album Building, the third release by Sense Field. Concise, urgent songs packed with guitar and vocal hooks, the album flies by at just thirty five minutes. We dig into it, and find sounds and styles varying from Bob Mould to The Offspring to Tool. Give a listen, and let us know if you agree with our take on Building.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Overstand

3:19 - History of the Band

12:45 - Will

16:59 - Leia

21:17 - Shallow Grave

Outro - No Man’s Land

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#303: American Psycho by Misfits

November 1, 2016

Thanks to a requested review, we get revisit the 1997 album American Psycho by the Misfits. Minus founder/original lead singer Glenn Danzig, this album saw the band return after years of being an underground influence upon bands like Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses and others. The “horror punk” sound created by the band shifts in the direction of the bands it influenced, incorporating a decidedly more metal sound, while still utilizing the compact song structures, gang vocals and melodic hooks familiar to the band rom the 80s. But at seventeen tracks, is it too much of a good thing?

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dig Up Her Bones

4:24 - History of the Band

20:07 - Speak of the Devil

26:22 - Mars Attacks

Outro - The Hunger

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