#314: Roundtable Discussion on the albums of 1997

January 17, 2017

It’s our first roundtable discussion of 2017, and we’re tackling the albums from 20-years prior, with special guests Andy Derer (The Andy Derer Show), Eric Grubbs (Do You Know Who You Are podcast) and Jeff Takacs (Rocketfuel podcast) to help us cover the best, the overlooked, the letdowns and faded-aways of ‘97. While 1997 might be remember as the year that saw the return of pop music in the US with albums by the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys, it was also the year Radiohead released their masterpiece OK Computer, the year Dave Grohl took the Foo Fighters to the next level with The Colour and The Shape, the year britpop heavyweights Blur and Oasis took different paths while their successors like Travis, Supergrass and Stereophonics put out solid releases. In other words, 1997 was all over the map, musically and geographically.

After you’re done listening to this episode, be sure to visit our Patreon page for our extended chat on albums that didn’t make it into this episode.

Songs/Topics in this Episode:

Intro - 1997 Medley (Foo Fighters, Blur, Ben Folds Five, U2)

5:11 - Albums from 1997 that have stood the test of time

13:55 - Albums from 1997 that were overlooked upon release

23:11 - Albums from 1997 that have not aged well

36:27 - Albums from 1997 discovered much later

46:18 - Albums from 1997 that were disappointments on purchase

55:25 - Favorite album from 1997

Outro - Stereo by Pavement

 
 
 
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#313: Baby Animals by Baby Animals

January 10, 2017

Every year we dig deeper and deeper into bands from Australia that didn’t make much of an impact in United States to try to understand the global story of music in the 1990s thanks to requested reviews from our dedicated listeners down under, and this week we’re back to check out the self-titled 1991 debut by Sydney’s Baby Animals. The sound of the band harkens back to a more straightforward ‘80s AOR sound that draws comparison to Heart or the radio-friendly sounds of The Pretenders thanks to a skilled if nondescript backing band behind dynamic lead singer Suze DeMarchi. Even though it came out the same month as Nevermind by Nirvana and Use Your Illusion I & II by Guns ‘N Roses, there isn’t much in common with those bands -  that’s both a good and bad thing. Tune in and chime in with your comments.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Rush You

13:20 - Early Warning

15:35 - Ain’t Gonna Get

18:54 - Break My Heart

Outro - Painless

 
 
 
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#312: Disco Volante by Mr. Bungle

January 3, 2017

For our first episode of season seven, it’s a requested review thanks to a Patreon subscriber. We’ve talked about Mike Patton previously on the podcast, but never actually revisited an album from one of his many musical outfits. For the first week of 2017, we’re checking out the 1995 sophomore album Disco Volante by Mr. Bungle. Although Faith No More is known for their eclectic brand of hard rock/alternative metal, Mr. Bungle move well past that, playing around with sounds that borrow from a variety of styles including tango, doom metal, country, jazz, easy listening, Arabic and more. We revisit the album with our suggestor Scott, who shares how he discovered the band, what went into seeing the band eight nights in a row in eight different cities, neural pathways, double grooved records, and much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Desert Search for Techno Allah

5:33 - History of the Band

17:04 - Platypus

25:36 - Carry Stress In The Jaw

30:44 - Merry Go Bye Bye (Nothing)

Outro - After School Special

 
 
 
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#311: Season Six Review

December 27, 2016

As is our year-end tradition, for our final episode of 2016, we look back at season six of the podcast to review the year that was and look forward to season seven in 2017. We give thanks to our long list of supporters on Patreon and our requested reviews, as well as all of our roundtable participants and interview guests. We also pick our favorite roundtable and interview episodes, choose which 90s album we revisited was our favorite discovery and what new album released by in 2017 we enjoyed.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney

20:05 - Hard Drugs by Screaming Jets

26:25 - Any Way But Down by The Lees of Memory

Outro - Lazarus by David Bowie

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#310: Tom Petty In The 90s Discussion with Author Paul Zollo

December 20, 2016

Our previous “In The 90s” episodes examined the careers of Van Halen and Metallica in that decade and discussed if they had managed to survive the turbulence that was the rise of alternative and independent rock music. For our latest edition, we’re joined by author/songwriter Paul Zollo to revisit the career of Tom Petty, who released the book Conversations With Tom Petty in 2006. Starting with the Jeff Lynne produced Heartbreakers backed album Into The Great Wide Open, we dig into the changes in Petty’s songwriting, the band personnel changes, his second solo album Wildflowers with producer Rick Rubin onto the decade closing album Echo. Of course, there is much more to the story, so be sure to tune and then leave us your thoughts on Tom Petty in the 90s.

Songs in this Episode:

 

Intro - Medley (Into the Great Wide Open, Learning to Fly, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, You Don’t Know How It Feels)

47:07 - Walls (Circus) from She’s The One

Outro - Honey Bee from Wildflowers

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#309: Hater by Hater

December 13, 2016

For our final review episode of the year, we’re tackling one of those oddball side-projects from major label artists that seemed to pop up on a weekly basis in the 90s. The self-titled 1993 debut by Hater, featuring members of Soundgarden, Monster Magnet and Devilhead isn’t what you’d expect. Instead of polished hard rock and metal riffs, there’s 60s garage and psychedelic rock. If you bought this thinking you were getting some Badmotorfinger-esque, you might have been disappointed. Were we? Tune in to fine out. 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Who Do I Kill?

12:58 - Roadside

15:36 - Lion and Lamb

25:50 - Down Undershoe

Outro - Circles

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#308: Imperial Drag by Imperial Drag

December 6, 2016

With ties to the perfectionist power-pop of Jellyfish and Guns ‘n Roses guitarist Slash’s Snakepit, this one-album-and-done band is perfect fodder for Dig Me Out - Imperial Drag and their self-titled 1996 album. Combining T. Rex grooves with analog synths, Imperial Drag we found more in common with British glam revisionists like Suede and Placebo than their North American alternative and indie rock counterparts. So why didn’t these radio friendly hooks grab mainstream listener ears? We discuss, and make sure to share your thoughts as well.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro -  Boy or a Girl

2:10 - History of the Band

8:46 - Crosseyed

15:30 - The Man in the Moon

18:55 - Dandelion

25:42 - Playboy After Dark

Outro - Stare into the Sun

 

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#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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