#328: Cheap Trick (1997) by Cheap Trick

April 25, 2017

Our Patreon subscribers helped us pick an album from April of 1997 to review, and thanks to a tie-breaking coin flip, we’re checking out the self-titled Cheap Trick album. It’s actually the second self-titled album from Cheap Trick, the first being their debut from twenty years earlier. To help us dissect this record and provide historical context on this era of the band, we’ve enlisted Colin Gawel of Watershed, League Bowlers and formerly Why Isn’t Cheap Trick In The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame? to lend a hand.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Say Goodbye

9:12 - Anytime

15:05 - Carnival Game

17:51 - It All Comes Back To You

Outro - You Let A Lotta People Down

 
 
 
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#327: Blind Love by Ratcat

April 18, 2017

We’ve reviewed plenty of bands from Australia over the years, but rarely have we revisited an album that boasts a number one single. This week we’re checking out the band Ratcat, and their 1991 album Blind Love, which scored a number one hit on the ARIA charts with “Don’t Go Now.” Contorting the sunny pop of The Beach Boys in a similar fashion to The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ratcat layer on disparate sounds like 60s surf and 80s new wave. It is an interesting combination, but does it work? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - That Ain’t Bad

3:34 - History of the Band

9:35 - Yes I Wanna Go

17:37 - That Ain’t Bad

19:19 - Don’t Go Now

Outro - Baby Baby

 
 
 
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#326: Roundtable - Sophomore Slump Revisited - Eight Arms To Hold You by Veruca Salt

April 11, 2017

It’s time to revisit another sophomore album from the 1990s and compare it to it’s successful freshman effort. In this case, we’re checking out the 1997 album Eight Arms To Hold You by Veruca Salt, who scored a platinum album and three charting singles with their 1994 debut American Thighs. Though initial sales were strong, after Volcano Girls the singles fell off, and the reviews were not as positive as the first time around. Some pointed the finger at producer Bob Rock, known for his work with big rock and metal acts like Metallica and Motley Crue. But was it really necessary to point any fingers? To determine what went right, what went wrong and how it sounds twenty years later, we’ve assembled a veteran group to for this roundtable: Chip Midnight (Kids Interview Bands), Jeff Takacs (Rocketfuel Podcast) and Jim Kopeny (Chicagoist).

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Volcano Girls

13:58 - Straight

18:49 - The Morning Sad

25:08 - Don’t Make Me Prove It

40:00 - Venus Man Trap

Outro - Shutterbug

 
 
 
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#325: Small Speaker Joyland by Violetine

April 4, 2017

This week’s requested review takes us back down under to check out Melbourne, Australia’s Violetine and their 1998 one and only album Small Speaker Joyland. Dual vocals, fuzzy guitars and an urgent rhythm section give Violetine a little something extra, and some quality chorus melodies don’t hurt either. Though the band didn’t make a dent stateside, we think there might be something to this Aussie three piece worth checking out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Birmingham

14:38 - Surrounded

17:06 - Red

19:20 - Fuzzanova

28:45 - Finer Place

Outro - Any Day

 
 
 
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