Tag Archive for '1993'

“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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“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" /]