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#541: Soundgarden in the 80s

#541: Soundgarden in the 80s

May 25, 2021

Few bands are more rightly associated with the rise of alternative music from the underground to the mainstream than Soundgarden. Starting out in the mid 80s as a prototypical Seattle band backed by Sub Pop, produced by Jack Endino, and indebted to the heavy thud of 70s Black Sabbath combined with punk aggression, the original line-up quickly coalesced, releasing a slew of material in just three years. With Sub Pop in financial dire straits, the band recorded the debut album for SST, and showcased Chris Cornell's unique falsetto paired with the band's growing technical proficiency. A year later, they would end the decade on A&M records and release Louder Than Love, which further evolved the band into the metal sound that drove original bassist Hiro Yamamoto to quit, unhappy with the musical direction of the band. Within these recordings are the DNA that would lead to the breakthrough Badmotorfinger, and set the band up as the pre-eminent hard rock band of the 90s.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Hands All Over (from Louder Than Love)

14:48 - Nothing To Say (from Screaming Life EP)

32:07 - Flower (from Ultramega OK)

42:26 - Head Injury (from Ultramega OK)

50:46 - Ugly Truth (from Louder Than Love)

Outro - I Awake (from Louder Than Love)

 

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#540: Spilt Milk by Jellyfish

#540: Spilt Milk by Jellyfish

May 18, 2021

For such a short career, Jellyfish managed to pack decades worth of musical ambition and melodic knowhow into just two studio albums. The comparisons are nothing new - The Beatles, Queen, The Beach Boys, Badfinger, Wings - but while plenty of bands have been tagged with the "power-pop" label over the years, Jellyfish occupy a unique space of both defining and transcending the label. On 1993's Spilt Milk, for as much Raspberries and Cheap Trick influence a listener can spot, the band is clearly going for a bigger, more grandiose sound that draws inspiration from the stage and screen.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Joining A Fan Club

17:36 - All Is Forgiven

28:13 - Brighter Day

32:55 - Sebrina, Paste and Plato

Outro - New Mistake

 

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#539: Killjoy by Shihad

#539: Killjoy by Shihad

May 11, 2021

On their 1995 sophomore album Killjoy, New Zealand's Shihad might fool you with their opening Helmet-like salvo of "You Again" and "Gimme Gimme," two tracks of chugging down-tuned riffage with bass and kick locked-in. But this is not a Helmet clone, or a clone of any American post-punk band you might conjure, as the band shows off a variety of stylistic and rhythmic approaches that recall late 80s albums by The Cure. Somehow this band managed to slip under our radar in the mid-nineties, which is surprising considering the comparisons to bands such as Barkmarket and Jawbox.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - You Again

19:22 - Deb's Night Out

26:55 - The Call

34:34 - Bitter

41:49 - Silvercup

Outro - Gimme Gimme

 

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#538: Abort by Tribe

#538: Abort by Tribe

May 4, 2021

Eclectic bands can be a tricky proposition. Too much genre-switching and musical diversity can strip a band of an identity, with the disparate parts not adding up too much. But done right, and finding a unified sound in the song-to-song evolution, can make for an exciting listen. Luckily, with Boston's Tribe and their 1991 album Abort, it's the latter. While chronologically they're at the start of the emerging 90s rock scene, their sound harkens back to the 80s in a variety of ways, weaving in new wave, jangle pop, and underground college rock with layered harmonies, nods to shoegaze and dream pop, while keeping the arrangements tight.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Joyride (I Saw The Film)

19:19 - Abort

21:03 - Here At Home

29:42 - Jackpot

32:25 - Daddy's Home

Outro - Tied

 

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