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#494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

#494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

June 30, 2020

Maybe more so than any other decade, the 90s pumped out tribute albums at a furious rate. Whether it was loving takes on beloved artists, exposing underground heroes to new audiences, or updates with kitschy and nostalgic themes, nearly every month a new tribute compilation CD was probably at your local record store. Our roundtable shares what makes a successful tribute album and what can derail an effort, whether it's simply cloning the original song, or completely ignoring it. We also investigate the phenomenon of random, lesser-known bands popping up in tracking listings alongside a group of heavy-hitters, and the one-off collaborations that showed up on occasion.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Tribute by Tenacious D

5:39 - Hard Luck Woman by Garth Brooks (Kiss My Ass - Classic Kiss Regrooved)

9:24 - Summer Of Drugs by Soul Asylum (Sweet Relief - A Benefit For Victoria Williams)

14:31 - Making Plans For Nigel by The Rembrandts - XTC: A Testimonial Dinner

21:02 - We Only Just Begun by Grant Lee Buffalo (If I Were A Carpenter)

27:02 - Clampdown by the Indigo Girls (Burning London: The Clash Tribute)

36:48 - She Don't Use Jelly by Ben Folds Five (Lounge-A-Palooza)

Outro - She's Lost Control by Girls Against Boys (A Means To An End: The Music Of Joy Division)

 

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#493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

#493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

June 23, 2020

The cross-pollination of punk and rock between the United States and Australia has been going on for decades, but one of lesser-known but most interesting (to us, at least!) is the 1980s and early 90s grunge scene, and how Australian bands like The Scientists, The Birthday Party, and Cosmic Psychos had an influence on their American Pacific Northwest counterparts. In the case of the Cosmic Psychos, it was finding commonality with bands like Mudhoney and the Melvins, and releasing their 1989 album on the then upstart Sub Pop label. In 1991 the band recorded with Butch Vig following the Nirvana's Nevermind sessions and produced Blokes You Can Trust, released on the influential Amphetamine Reptile label. For a three-piece, the sound is massive thanks to the fuzzed-out bass that will remind some of the desert and stoner rock scenes, while the old-school AC/DC riffs combined with punk and hardcore attitude of Black Flag and Motorhead lands on the spiritual kin of Seattle's grunge scene.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Dead Roo

20:16 - Back At School

29:40 - Loser

36:26 - Do It To Me

Outro - Nightshift

 

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#492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

#492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

June 16, 2020

If you remember the Smoking Popes, it's probably thanks to their Buzzbin / Clueless soundtrack single "Need You Around." Lead singer Josh Caterer got tagged as punk-rock Morrissey, and while the band continued on, many were left with the impression that the Smoking Popes were something of a novelty. As we dug into this album for the first time, the realization quickly set in that the early Morrissey comparisons were way off base, as both Caterer, along with his brothers Eli and Matt, and drummer Mike Felumlee, are significantly less punk than expected. Sure, you can hear the energetic down strums of Ramones across the record, but instead of 90s pop/punk, the band channels the likes of Wings, The Smithereens, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra and more in their quest to write exquisitely arranged pop-rock gems.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Need You Around

18:49 - Rubella

21:56 - Mrs. Me And You

25:46 - My Lucky Day

28:30 - Gotta Know Right Now

Outro - Midnight Moon

 

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#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

June 9, 2020

Pollyanna's 1996 EP Junior and 1996 debut album Long Player scored them multiple hit singles in Australia and put them on the national radar, which means the sophomore follow-up Hello Halo in 1997 had expectations attached. As we discovered, the band expanded their pallet. While the record is full of radio-friendly alternative rock ("Peachy Keen" and "Brittle Then Broken)", where the group really excels is their willingness to take some detours, like on the horn-backed tracks "Pulling Teen" and "Butterman," or the Helmet-esque post-hardcore of "Tank." Thanks to the deft production of Paul McKercher (Violetine, Ratcat, Falling Joys, Spiderbait, You Am I), the diversity of approaches manages to stay consistent even if all the material isn't up to par.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Peachy Keen

12:01 - Pulling Teeth

15:20 - Butterman

20:03 - Tank

28:03 - Brittle Then Broken

Outro - Effervescence

 

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#490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

#490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

June 2, 2020

Thanks to a reliance on off-kilter retro sounds and lo-fi instrumentation, Eels were often compared to Beck (and not always favorably). On their second album, 1998's Electro-Shock Blues, they utilized one of the producers who helped Beck transition from one-hit-wonder status with Loser to the layered mastery of 1996's Odelay. But instead of matching the mayhem, singer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett constructs a sixteen-track somber affair with a few noisy interludes delving into personal loss at a bone-chillingly intimate level. What struck us was the deliberate shift from their debut that produced the hit single "Novocaine For The Soul," and wondering if like many, the lyrical content was too heady to digest, needing the growth and loss of maturity to fully appreciate the depths that E is willing to explore.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Last Stop: This Town

16:39 - 3 Speed

20:58 - Hospital Food

24:21 - Elizabeth On The Bathroom Floor

38:52 - Cancer For The Cure

Outro - Climbing To The Moon

 

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