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#454: The Honeymoon Is Over by The Cruel Sea

#454: The Honeymoon Is Over by The Cruel Sea

September 24, 2019

What if Nick Cave or Mark Lanegan decided to record an album of Bob Marley, ZZ Top, War, and Slim Harpo covers? That's the question posed by the 1993 album The Honeymoon Is Over by The Cruel Sea, an instrumental blues and surf band from Australia that added Beasts of Bourbon frontman Tex Perkins to create a weird and oddly compelling album. Somehow, that combination managers to come together better than we could have ever expected, as the players involved completely buy into the swampy grooves with organ stabs, lurching bass lines and more. It may not be for everyone, and we may not even agree on it completely, but it's definitely worth a spin to reorient your understanding that the 90s weren't just grunge, pop-punk, industrial rock, etc.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Delivery Man

5:27 - Black Stick

14:36 - Naked Flame

21:48 - Woman With Soul

Outro - Better Than Love

 

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#453: Rubberneck by Toadies

#453: Rubberneck by Toadies

September 17, 2019

On their 1994 debut album Rubberneck, the Toadies managed to score a hit single that is still a staple of rock stations spinning 90s alternative hits. But like a lot of people, that one single is our starting point with the band. When we gave the entire album a listen, we discovered a band confident from the get-go in their style and strengths - energetic, concise, no-frills alternative riff-rock with a distinctive lead vocalist. Spending time with the record, the deeper layers revealed themselves - a circular rockabilly-esque riff on I Come From The Water, nods to the blues-based thump Led Zeppelin on Backslider - without being obvious or sounding dated. But the superior single Possum Kingdom also made us wonder what happened to the distinctive and inventive lead guitar driving that tune, and wonder if this material translated better to the live setting.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Possum Kingdom

17:59 - I Burn

20:17 - I Come From The Water

22:22 - Backslider

Outro - Quitter

 

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#452: Sophomore Slump Reversed

#452: Sophomore Slump Reversed

September 10, 2019

To paraphrase a rock 'n roll saying, you get a lifetime to make your first record, but six months to make your second. As we've discovered in our Sophomore Slump Revisited series, it is not always the case that limited time causes the dreaded Sophomore Slump. Record label management shake-ups, shifting radio playlists and various other factors have impacted the success or failure of second albums. But what about the opposite? Bands that made okay or solid freshman efforts, but kicked it up a notch on their sophomore album and finally "discovered their sound" or "delivered on their promising debut." Or bands that released massive, chart-topping first albums, only to equal or exceed with their follow-up. There's a lot to cover, and a lot to discuss as we talk about a bunch of bands and albums that reversed the curse of the Sophomore Slump.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Sophomore Jinx by Self

9:57 - Cut Your Hair by Pavement

24:34 - Not Too Late by Satchel

37:20 - Pen Pals by Sloan

48:41 - Until You Came Along by Golden Smog

Outro - Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls

 

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#451: Bareback by Hank Dogs

#451: Bareback by Hank Dogs

September 3, 2019

While we've touched on some alternative country over the years on the podcast, we've never encountered a straight-up folk record. Until now. Thanks to a patron selection, we checked out the 1999 debut album Bareback by Hank Dogs. A family band with lineage to the Sex Pistols, we had no idea what to expect, though the name and album cover tipped us off to something country-ish. The reality is much more traditional, recalling the English folk of The Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson, etc. - all well outside our respective wheelhouses. But albums like this help expand our musical horizons, even if they fall victim to the overstuff compact disc era, and foreshadow the 2000s folk and freak-folk revival.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Lucky Break

13:06 - 18 Dogs

19:52 - I'm An Angel

25:27 - Take Back My Own Heart

Outro - Sun Explodes

 

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