Dig Me Out - The 90’s rock podcast
#436: One and Done Albums of the 90s

#436: One and Done Albums of the 90s

May 21, 2019

Some bands and artists leave you wanting more, with only a single album to their name. In some cases, they are one-off side projects or solo releases that act as an outlet for material not in-line with the primary band. Sometimes, personalities clash and bands quickly implode. In other cases, tragedy strikes down an artist at the start of their career. The 1990s, like every other decade, have their share of unique "one and done" albums from bands and artists for all different reasons. We revisit those lesser known albums worthy of revisiting, talk about those that came with hype but slipped off the radar, as well as those that didn't live up to it, our wish list for sophomore albums that will never come, and our personal favorite one and done albums of the decade.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley

9:53 - Life's A Gas (T. Rex cover) by Replicants

20:30 - Shake My Tree by Coverdale/Page

30:20 - Burning Tree by Burning Tree

41:01 - Pushing Forward Back by Temple Of The Dog

Outro - River Of Deceit by Mad Season

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

#435: Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring

#435: Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring

May 14, 2019

The 1997 album Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring lays at an interesting crossroad. On the one hand, vocalist Davey Von Bohlen can grind on a melodic hook like a power pop pro, giving the listener plenty of ear candy on this tightly constructed record, while backed by a tight and creative rhythm section that never looses the groove. On the other hand, there are enough jarring structures, repetitious lyrics and twin-guitar abrasiveness to keep the hardcore kids happy. With vet J. Robbins behind the board, they definitely add some muscle, but it's not the clean and beefy guitar sounds he would get out of Braid, or what Jimmy Ear World would accomplish with Clarity, leaving us slightly underwhelmed.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Nothing Feels Good

14:35 - Perfect Lines

19:06 - Is This Thing On?

20:56 - Raspberry Rush

Outro - Pink Chimneys

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

#434: Odyssey Number Five by Powderfinger

#434: Odyssey Number Five by Powderfinger

May 7, 2019

By the time of their 2000 album Odyssey Number Five, Brisbane, Australia's Powderfinger had sharpened their sound and created an album that found a balance between sweet radio friendly alternative rock hooks and melodies, while also giving headphone listeners interesting bits to revisit the album over and over again. At home, this lead to a string of chart topping albums and singles, but abroad, the band failed to find a foothold. Not surprising, considering the band drew not from the popular sounds of the moment, but from a wide range of influences, both in terms of songwriting and production. With veteran producer Nick DiDia behind the board, the band swiftly moves from Oasis balladry to bluesy riffing to arena anthems with ease, finding cohesion among them all, albeit with perhaps too much cohesion among the tempos from song to song.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - My Happiness

17:19 - My Kind Of Scene

20:30 - Up And Down And Back Again

25:09 - Like A Dog

35:57 - Thrillology

Outro - Waiting For The Sun

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

#433: Everclear by American Music Club

#433: Everclear by American Music Club

April 30, 2019

By the time of their fifth album Everclear from 1991, American Music Club was anything but a household name. If you caught their single "Rise" on late on night on MTV, or by chance on an adventurous radio station, you are among a lucky few. Considering the musical landscape for rock, where 80s hair/glam metal was still dominant while ascendent alternative had yet to be come a proper decade-defining brand name, it's easy to see why you may have missed it. AMC evokes ideas of genres without ever settling on one, making mainstream classification all but impossible. Touches of Americana thanks to acoustic guitars, but not really any twang. Downbeat and bleak slowcore until Mark Eitzel furiously strums an acoustic in bursts of kinetic release. The album feels timeless, yet could easily be the recollection of a single night of boozing and fury. It did make Rolling Stone take notice, granting the album "of the year" consideration and naming Mark Eitzel the preeminent songwriter of the moment, so maybe it's time everyone else finds the reverbed-out beauty in Everclear.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Rise

15:02 - Why Won't You Stay

17:21 - The Dead Part Of You

22:35 - The Confidential Agent

29:16 - Miracle On 8th Street

Outro - Sick Of Food

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

Patreon Preview: Max Q by Max Q

Patreon Preview: Max Q by Max Q

April 25, 2019

If there is a new episode of Dig Me Out in your feed on a Thursday, that can only mean one thing - we sharing with you a preview of our latest Dig Me Out '80s episodes. With the help our Patreon Board of Directors and Steering Committee tiers, we're revisiting another album from the 1980s based on suggestions and votes of our patrons. This month we're checking out the 1989 album self-titled album by Max Q. Join the DMO Union for as little as $2 a month and get access to bonus content like this episode, vote in our album review polls, get exclusive merchandise and more!

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon.

 
 
#432: Our Finest Flowers by The Residents

#432: Our Finest Flowers by The Residents

April 23, 2019

Neither of us had any previous exposure to The Residents prior to this review, and it's a weird entry point. The avant-garde music collective celebrated their twentieth anniversary in 1992 not by released a greatest hits album, but instead taking bits and pieces of old songs and combining them into new works. The result is Our Finest Flowers, a rather low-key affair that relies on drum loops, synths, some occasional singing, and a variety of randomness that includes both female backing vocalists and possibly acetylene torches. This may be the least "rock" album we've ever done to date, but our appreciation for the material ultimately landed on whether the songs stand on their own, which on a sixteen-track album, unfortunately had a lot of misses for us.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Mr. Lonely

11:48 - The Sour Song

15:18 - Dead Wood

19:58 - I'm Dreaming Of A White Sailor

24:57 - Forty-Four No More

Outro - Ship Of Fools

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

#431: Blue by Third Eye Blind

#431: Blue by Third Eye Blind

April 16, 2019

With their 1997 self-titled debut, Third Eye Blind charted five hit singles, three that made the Billboard top ten, while moving six million units worldwide. Over a year after the release, they were still logging hit singles and touring, and as we've learned over many episodes, the follow-up doesn't always get the same attention to detail. With the 1999 sophomore album Blue, their limited studio time didn't stop the band from stretching musically, conducting some interesting sonic experiments to compliment Stephan Jenkins rapid fire sing/speak delivery. But 1999 looked very different from 1997 - radio changed, Napster would become a thing, pop music was dominant - was their even room for a jangly rock band anymore? Whether trying to keep up with the times or not, they delivery the most pop-friendly single of their career in "Never Let You Go." While the music takes a leap forward on the rest of the album, the melodies and lyrics either sound under baked or over thought, leading to a potential dreaded sophomore slump.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Never Let You Go

18:47 - 1000 Julys

23:37 - Farther

32:06 - Darwin

46:51 - The Red Summer Sun

Outro - 10 Days Late

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

#430: Formula by OLD

#430: Formula by OLD

April 9, 2019

Grindcore band Old Lady Drivers, or OLD, ended their four-album run in 1995 with the wildly eclectic Formula. Despite the title, Formula is anything but, swapping heavy guitar dirges for tape loops, synths, drum machines and lots of experimentation. Switching gears from Napalm Death to electronic instrumentals might have failed in the hands of lesser musicians, but James Plotkin and Alan Dubin manage to create a compelling, hypnotic record.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Last Look

14:27 - Under Glass

24:30 - Thug

29:53 - Devolve

34:49 - Amoeba

Outro - Break (You)

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

#429: New Order In The 90s Roundtable

#429: New Order In The 90s Roundtable

April 2, 2019

When New Order entered the 1990s, they were coming off their first number one album on the UK charts along with two top twenty singles. So what did they do? Immediately split into multiple factions. While the well received 1993 album Republic would produce one of their finest singles in Regret, the 90s for New Order are defined by side projects. For bassist Peter Hook, it started with Revenge and continued with Monaco. For Bernard Sumner, he paired up with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, and brought along a number of notable collaborators from bands such as the Pet Shop Boys, Kraftwerk and Black Grape to form Electronic, while Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert formed the slightly passive-aggressively named The Other Two for a pair of albums. Along with our guests, we revisit the entire decade for the band and their various extracurricular activities, and how that impacted the sound New Order in the 90s and 2000s.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Regret by New Order

8:51 - World In Motion by New Order

14:05 - Pineapple Face by Revenge

19:49 - Tasty Fish by The Other Two

28:47 - World by New Order

39:54 - What Do You Want From Me? by Monaco

56:36 - Rock The Shack

Outro - Getting Away With It

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.

 
 

 

#428: Aenmia by Tool

#428: Aenmia by Tool

March 26, 2019

Whenever we have a guest on to discuss an album either they made, had a hand in producing or releasing, our are suggesting for a review, we always come away with unique personal insights not always available from just a surface listen or new release review. For the sophomore 1996 album Aenima by Tool, our guest Patrick had a close personal connection to the music and the lyrics of the band that he shared with us that gave a deeper appreciation for one of the most original and trailblazing bands and albums of the decade.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Stinkfist

32:50 - Eulogy

42:50 - Aenima

51:41 - Third Eye

1:03:30 - Jimmy

Outro - Forty Six And 2

 

 

To support the podcast, join us at Patreon for bonus content and more.