Archive for the '90s' Category

“This Is How It Feels (robbery mix)” by the Inspiral Carpets

this.jpgIt’s time to get your early-90s dance on. This track is from the remix EP of the Inspirals’ downer hit single from 1990. The b-side of this ep, the “drum mix” is nearly unrecognizable as a derivative of the original single, but this version has a bunch of bit that you’ll remember.

What I like most about this EP (aside from the cover) is that it seems to fundamentally betray the sentiment of the original song, without any hesitation. Crazy times.

Inspiral Carpets, “This Is How It Feels (robbery mix)” from the This Is How It Feels Remix 12″ on Mute Records (1990)

“Tempest” by Drop Nineteens

drop.jpgThis is a rocking Pixiesish track from a post-shoegaze-phase Drop Ninteens. & it’s about Boston!

I find this song a bit shocking; especially after listening to the rest of the Drop Nineteens’ Caroline and Hut records releases. It’s so upfront and tight. Seems to me this should have been all over mainstream radio in 1993.

Drop Ninteens, “Tempest” from the Limp EP on Hut Records (1993)

“Winona”, from Delaware:
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“My Aquarium”, from the My Aquarium EP:
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“Crystal Clear” by the Darling Buds

darling.jpgI miss hearing stuff like this on the radio. The Darling Buds get lumped in with all of the late-80s/early-90s woman-led British bands, but they stick out for me for some reason. I’m kind of a sucker for poppy stuff like this where someone paid way too much attention to the background guitar sounds.

Though not on this record, former Darling Bud Donna Matthews played in Elastica as well.

The Darling Buds, “Crystal Clear” from the Crawdaddy LP on Epic Records (1990)

On Youtube:
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“Crash,” by the Primitives, the group I always confuse with the Darling Buds:
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“Cleopatra” by Elastica

elastica.jpgHorrible surface-noisy recording of the free flexi that came with vinyl copies of Electrica’s 1995 LP. Nothing unexpected here, but seemed like I needed to ri this before it completely disintegrated.

I always loved this group’s unassuming, lazy-almost-bored delivery. Also, you gotta love a band who’s not afraid to bite both Wire and the Stranglers.

Next up is an Elastica related post, by member Donna Matthews’ prior band, the Darling Buds. Seems like I’m posting a lot of female lead vocal stuff lately, huh? Don’t expect it to stop.

Elastica, “Cleopatra” from the free flexi 45 accompanying the Elastica LP on Geffen Records (1995)

“Holiday,” by The Odd Numbers

dsc_0006.jpgI bought this 7″ at a WAX show in 1993 or 1994… WAX’s singer, Joe Sib, who had started Side 1 Records, put it out. It’s amazingly tight-sloppy mod indie rock from when that seemed like a fresh, new idea. I really like the guy’s nearly-British accent. The B-side of this disc has a great cover of “Ever Fallen In Love,” which was the first I ever heard of the Buzzcocks.

Whenever I play this out in public someone always comes up to me to tell me that it was their favorite song in some skate video they saw in high school.

I have a full-length album on CD of these guys called Retrofitted for Today, that also has some great cuts on it, but they’re much more polished and lack the energy of this track. It appears that they’re still together, and putting out records.

The Odd Numbers, “Holiday” from the Side 1 records 45 (1993)

Totally unrelatedly, the reason we were at the WAX show, is that my high school friends and I became big fans of theirs after they sneaked us into Trees in Dallas to see fIREHOSE play on a school night once. They were opening, and we happened to be the only folks at their instore performance downtown that afternoon (fIREHOSE was supposed to be the instore performer) Since we weren’t old enough to get in to the show that evening, they told us to come back before the show so we could carry their gear in. WAX later had mild fame with a Spike Jonze video for Souther California, off of their second album, 13 Unlucky Numbers. Also, their drummer Loomis sometimes pops up in Jackass videos.[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/dPT7q825gwI" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]