#341: Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone? by Harvey Danger

July 25, 2017

Harvey Danger being tagged as a “one hit wonder” can be both a blessing and a curse. Is the rest of the album criminally overlooked, or does it pale in comparison? We put it to a vote on our Patreon page, and our patrons made Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?, released in July 1997 our latest review. Reviews at the time were mixed, but this album and band have gained their share of advocates, who praise lead singer Sean Nelson’s witty and self-deprecating lyrics and the tight power-pop-punk songwriting of this and their follow-up album, King James Version. One of of us thought this was a start-to-finish gem worthy of revisiting, and one of us thought the brilliance of Flagpole Sitta set the rest of the album up to fail. Disagreement!

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Flagpole Sitta

9:21 - Radio Silence

14:48 - Carlotta Valdez

Outro - Jack The Lion

 
 
 
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#340: Guitar Gods of the 1990s Roundtable

July 18, 2017

For our latest roundtable we aim at the heavens and request an audience with the gods! The guitar gods, that is. The 60s had Clapton and Hendrix, the 70s had Page and Blackmore, the 80s had Eddie and a slew of gunslingers, now it’s time to christen the guitar gods of the 90s. First, we try to figure out what exactly elevates a guitarist to god status. Then we open the floor for nominations. Some of the names will be familiar and expected, while others may be more obscure and surprising. To help us, we’re joined by returning guests Andy DererEric Grubbs and Joe Royland.

 Make sure to visit Patreon for over fifteen minutes of bonus content from this episode at https://www.patreon.com/digmeout.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Guitar God Medley (Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr., Pantera)

13:28 - Bulls on Parade by Rage Against The Machine

27:50 - No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne

33:09 - Chemical World - Intermission by Blur

1:00:21 - Tired of Sex by Weezer

Outro - Pull Me Under by Dream Theater

 
 
 

 

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#339: Laughing Gallery by Ruth Ruth

July 11, 2017

Back when we started this podcast, we created a long list of albums we wanted to eventually get to, mostly due to only knowing one song off an album thanks to a lone minor radio hit single. One of those bands is Ruth Ruth, and it’s finally time we got around to checking out their 1995 debut Laughing Gallery. To help us dig into this album, we invited roundtable alum Jeff Takacs of Rocket Fuel Podcast, who authored a history of Ruth Ruth for Punktastic a few years back, for some insight on why this band with a catchy pop-punk-flavored single in the heyday of mainstream punk didn’t make it past the first single. Where they miscategorized? Does the album hold up? Tune into find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Uninvited

13:08 - Uptight

19:19 - I Killed Meg The Prom Queen

23:19 - I Grew Up

Outro - All Readydown

 
 
 
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#338: A Little Ain’t Enough by David Lee Roth

July 4, 2017

On this Fourth of July, we could think of nothing better than to revisit the human firecracker himself - David Lee Roth. With help from our friend Gavin in Australia, we’re checking out the 1991 album A Little Ain’t Enough, the third solo release after Dave departed Van Halen. For this outing, there were lineup changes, producer changes and a changing musical landscape.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - A Little Ain’t Enough

7:47 - Sensible Shoes

17:43 - Last Call / Walk This Way by Aerosmith

22:33 - Tell The Truth / Black Velvet by Alannah Myles

Outro - It’s Showtime!

 
 
 
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