Not sure if it's the Tanya Donnelly's singing, the drums, or the incredible guitar on this piece that keep me coming back for more, but "Not Too Soon" is not to be missed.
This was Donnelly's single off The Real Ramona, the last Throwing Muses album before Donnelly parted ways and formed Belly.
This song has some real buzzsaw guitar going on, right at home with the rest of alt-rock college radio in 1991. But the drums and chorus take me back to the sound of 60s girl groups. Check it at about 1:30 in, there's definitely a throwback there. But the guitar sound is totally modern and just completely delicious.
The Real Ramona is a fine album from start to finish, but "Not Too Soon" deserves special attention. If you want more like it, check out Donnelly's work with Belly. Not sure any of their songs quite match up with this one, but there's some solid stuff there.
After tackling the 100 Albums of All Time project, I didn't want to lose the momentum of posting daily. But I'm not quite ready for another major project. Instead I thought I'd just look at posting some amazing songs that I think other folks would enjoy. Suggestions? Post 'em in the comments!
Sugar's debut album, Copper Blue is a fusion of metal and melody, full of joyful noise and irresistible poppy compositions.
Sugar is Bob Mould's follow-up to Hüsker Dü, and you can hear the logical progression from tunes like "Makes No Sense At All" to Copper Blue. But Copper Blue is a little bit better produced and cleaner sounding, but still with plenty of rough edges left on for folks who don't like it too clean.
"A Good Idea" leads off with a thunderous and simple bass figure, and adds layers of guitar, drums, and vocals in an ascent to sonic mayhem. The album goes straight from there to "Changes," which starts off with a high-pitched guitar assault that's like an ice pick to the eardrum… but in a good way.
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The early 90s were a great time for music. Not only were there a lot of really interesting bands putting out albums, it was the first time in my life that I actually had a fair amount of disposable income to drop on new music. Those factors combined meant that I found a lot of new bands between 1990 and 2000. Dada's Puzzle was one of those records that happened to appear on my radar and find its way into regular rotation.
Dada was another band that I was introduced to by MTV. Their single, "Dizz Knee Land" (hello trademark obfuscation!) was in heavy rotation on the music video channel while I had time to troll the channel for new music or hoping to catch a video I already enjoyed.
"Dizz Knee Land," is a fantastic single. It's got catchy as fuck hooks, sinewy guitar, and dexterous bass and drums that just absolutely worm their way into your consciousness.
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The Psychedelic Furs' 1991 swan song, World Outside has been one of my go-to albums since its release.
The Furs snuck this one in just before grunge, industrial, and second (or maybe third) wave punk took over the alternative music world. Released in July 1991, Pearl Jam's Ten and Nirvana's Nevermind came out in September and crowded out the old school new wavers like the Furs.
Critically, World Outside was dinged (basically) because the band had the audacity to mature a bit, and because it didn't have another "Pretty in Pink" on it. While it's fair to say none of the songs are quite worthy of a John Hughes film, it's a solid album from start to finish.
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