Dig Me Out - 90s Rock Review
#546: Make A Pest A Pet by The Age of Electric

#546: Make A Pest A Pet by The Age of Electric

June 29, 2021

Lots of bands have brothers, but how about two pairs of brothers? Perhaps growing up with a musical sibling is the reason the Kerns and Dahle brothers are able to crafty such a hooky and satisfying album of power-pop tinged rock on their third and final released as The Age of Electric - 1996's Make A Pest A Pet. Along with fellow Canadian 90s rock bands like Sloan, Odds, and Zumpano, TAOE bring their own take to the nebulous power-pop genre, bashing through three-minute guitar lead bursts without sacrificing dynamics or melody. 

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Remote Control

18:56 - Mad at the World

21:34 - Nothing Happens

29:35 - Don't Wreck It

Outro - Unity or Grenadine

 

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#545: Lollapalooza in the 90s

#545: Lollapalooza in the 90s

June 22, 2021

Launched in 1991 by Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza immediately became the defining musical tour of the decade. Inspired by the UK festivals like Reading, Farrell concocted an underground music celebration based on the bands he wanted to see and tour with - Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes, and Fishbone. After it proved a success, the tour exploded in size until, but seemed to lose steam at point through the decade, as the once groundbreaking festival became another opportunity to chase trends and showcase already hugely popular bands. We look back at each tour in the 90s, as well as compare it to the current incarnation as a corporate-driven destination festival in Chicago.

 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Smells Like Teen Spirit by Soundgarden (Nirvana cover, 7/22/92)

Outro - Sabotage by Beastie Boys (8/6/94)

 

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#544: Throwing Copper by Live

#544: Throwing Copper by Live

June 15, 2021

Of all the bands to release big albums in 1994, there may be none bigger than Live's sophomore album Throwing Copper. In the studio heavyweights like Jerry Harrison (production), Lou Giordano (engineering), and Tom Lord-Alge (mixing) helmed the album that prepared the band for multiple radio singles, MTV hits, album sales around the globe. It also helped that they leaned into their successful influences, channeling U2, R.E.M., and Pearl Jam without coming across as imitators. Revisiting an album that was everywhere for over a year (it took fifty-two weeks to reach number one, the third-longest ever), digging into the lesser-known album tracks reveals a band that could embrace simplistic fun as easily as dour universalism.

 

Songs in this Episode

Intro - All Over You

17:19 - Selling The Drama

22:11 - Stage

33:13 - Lightning Crashes

44:19 - Waitress

Outro - I Alone

 

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#543:Golden Duck by Moler

#543:Golden Duck by Moler

June 8, 2021

With vocals equal part sneer and sweet, supported by a thick and fuzzy bass, Moler is a little pop, a little punk, slightly grunge, and very interesting on their lone album from 1997, Golden Duck. The three-piece is at no loss for volume, cranking out over a dozen two and a half to four-minute gems that have plenty of attitude and energy. Lead singer and bassist Helen Cattanach, along with Julien Poulson on guitar and Steven Boyle on the drums, are a tight unit that only falters when the melodies don't shine, which happens a few times on the back half of an otherwise engaging album.

 

Songs on this Episode:

Intro - Mustang Base

11:35 - Pseudoephedrine

23:06 - I Do, I Do

31:39 - Warning Sign

Outro - Red Light Disco

 

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#542: Maximum Sincere by Big Heavy Stuff

#542: Maximum Sincere by Big Heavy Stuff

June 1, 2021

We've revisited many 90s rock bands from Australia of various types, but Big Heavy Stuff is the first to nail the post-hardcore sound made (underground) famous by bands in D.C., Kansas City, and Chicago. On 1997's Maximum Sincere, the band takes full advantage of the spacious room recording to showcase the drumming via slowed tempos and minimal arrangements that spark and blaze sonically at just the right times. There is enough melody and interesting guitar work to keep the album interesting, always a tricky proposition when slowing down, but that leads to some less than stellar material on the back half the overall strong album.

 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - The Train Stops Here

14:07 - Maximum Sincere

25:31 - Cheating on a Dead Wife

29:43 - May

Outro - Big Mouth

 

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