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#411: Free Mars by Lusk

#411: Free Mars by Lusk

November 27, 2018

There are not many 1990s albums that fall under the "alternative rock" banner that prominently feature harp and horns the way the lone 1997 album Free Mars by Lusk does. The fact that it does so featuring a wide cast of characters from bands such as Tool (Paul D'Amour), Failure (Greg Edwards), Guns 'n Roses (Chris Pitman) and Medicine (Brad Laner) only adds to the unique and intriguing charm of this one-and-done release.

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Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Backworlds

16:15 - Savvy Kangaroos

23:02 - The Hotel Family Affair

30:31 - Free Mars

Outro - Kill The King

 

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#410: Owsley by Owsley

#410: Owsley by Owsley

November 20, 2018

Power pop, as we have learned over the years, is a hard subgenre of rock 'n roll to pin down. The 1999 self-titled debut by Owsley has been referred to as power pop, with some calling it a masterpiece. It's not hard to hear why, as the album is chock full of catchy hooks, harmonies, tasteful nods to The Beatles and checks all the boxes of retro without being nostalgic. For as much as we've enjoyed debating the merits of what is and isn't power pop, we can't overlook the fact that this record didn't quite live up to the masterpiece billing, as we often struggled with slower tunes that slid into a jangle pop plod.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - I'm Alright

14:44 - Zavelow House

17:57 - Coming Up Roses

25:26 - Oh No The Radio

Outro - Sonny Boy

 

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#409: Aerosmith In The 90s

#409: Aerosmith In The 90s

November 13, 2018

Our "In The 90s" series exploring successful 1970s and 80s artists and bands has discovered a common theme - sometimes it was not the rise of grunge and alternative music that through a wrench into their success, sometimes overwhelming success created a watershed moment leaving the band in flux. What was Metallica to do after the Black album? And in this case for our latest episode, what was Aerosmith to do after they fully rebounded from their early 80s descent into drugs with a pair of successful albums to close out the decade (Permanent Vacation and Pump) leading into the ubiquitous 1993 chart topper Get A Grip. Becoming MTV darlings and radio mainstays pushed the band into more pop territory, culminating in the 1998 Diane Warren-penned single "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" for the Armageddon soundtrack. We walk through the decade and wonder if the apparent wedge driven between lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry started when the band reached its cultural and chart apex.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Aerosmith Medley - Cryin', Crazy, Amazing from Get A Grip

17:09 - Livin' On The Edge from Get A Grip

25:29 - Fever from Get A Grip

33:50 - Pink from Nine Lives

40:47 - Crash from Nine Lives

Outro - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing from the Armageddon soundtrack

 

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#408: Empty by God Lives Underwater

#408: Empty by God Lives Underwater

November 6, 2018

Many musical genres and subgenres previously found in the cultural underground bubbled to the mainstream surface in the 1990s thanks to a major label feeding frenzy and the ever expanding definition of "alternative." Like punk, ska, swing and even grunge, industrial and electronic music had their moments in various ways, and gave rise to interesting iterations that briefly snuck onto MTV and commercial radio. God Lives Underwater is one such example, who wrote traditional structures and melodies wrapped with an electronic and industrial exterior. Thanks to uber-producer Rick Rubin, their 1995 debut Empty has a unique reverb-free sound at odds with many of their peers, providing more intimacy and less expanse without sacrificing quality, even if all the songs themselves cannot match the stellar production.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Still

13:08 - Empty

18:00 - All Wrong

21:10 - No More Love

27:03 - We Were Wrong

Outro - Weaken

 

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