Dig Me Out - 90s Rock Review

#400: Half Dead and Dynamite by Lifter Puller

September 11, 2018

Craig Finn is best known for his distinctive vocal and lyrical style thanks to The Hold Steady in the 2000s. But while that band channeled Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements and The Band for musical inspiration, his 1990s outfit Lifter Puller took a decidedly more angular approach with nods to Television, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Pavement. Digging into 1997's sophomore released Half Dead and Dynamite, the drugged up and drunken stories familiar to Finn fans are there, but the band backing him presents a different sonic approach, eschewing bombast and power chords for jagged rhythms and Radioshack keyboards.

Intro - The Gin and the Sour Defeat

10:45 - Half Dead and Dynamite

17:03 - Nassau Coliseum

21:18 - I Like The Lights

29:17 - Rock for Lite Brite

Outro - The Bears


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