Grunge + Melody = Genius

Grunge + Melody = Genius

Postby Trumpetwool on Thu Oct 07, 2004 6:40 pm

Doing some listening this weekend and was reminded how good much of the music was during the so called grunge years. It was like all these bands influenced by Big Star/Beatles/Byrds, etc. -- the whole Dream Pop thing -- decided to hit the distortion peddle and just banged out the tunes. Some great things happened.

The Posies "Frosting On the Beater"
TFC's "Bandwagonesque" and "13"
Matthew Sweet "100% Fun"
Velvet Crush "In the Presence of Greatness"
Redd Kross "Phaseshifter"
Sloan "Smeared"

Thoughts?
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Postby brendan o'h on Thu Oct 07, 2004 6:45 pm

i totally agree.

give me pop music.....but please oh please make it slightly scuzzy so as i can look my mum right in the eye and say......you'll never love this and it shall be your punishment for the last 30 years of hatred that you've illegally pushed upon me!

*at this point i should point out my mum is lovely / loves me / is still alive / has nothing to do with the smell coming up from aneath my floorboards*
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Postby Guest on Thu Oct 07, 2004 6:55 pm

Great selection.

I've always preferred "One Chord to Another" by Sloan, but heck, they're all good.

"Girlfriend" - Matthew Sweet is also great.

I think the Posies are one of the best bands of the 90's. "Frosting" is a fine album but what about "Amazing Disgrace". I disliked this album for a long while but have grown to like it. It's the most grunge influenced album they did.
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Postby dougbrown93 on Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:22 pm

Redd Kross - Third Eye

Surely?!
Hey Kids You Better Shape Up
Cos The Hits Are Always Gonna Hurt
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Postby Georgia on Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:24 pm

Yes, it was a good time for melodic rock music, despite your Pearl Jams and Soundgardens clunking us over the head. We were having a little resurgence here last year with the likes of FOW, All-American Rejects and Rooney doing realtively well. And hell, we've even got a new Big Star album to look forward to. Great things will happen again.
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Postby bithead on Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:39 pm

agree, those early 90's to mid were days that has nice albums like above.

ehh

Spilt Milk - JELLYFISH
Come On Feel - LEMONHEADS
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart - The Flaming Lip
Weezer - WEEZER
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Postby valtteri3 on Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:39 pm

new big star album? brand new material?

WO-HOOOO!
didn't know that yet!

i was too little to remember those years you're talking about but yea, they were really great according to all the records i have.
1991-
bandwagonesque
loveless
copper blue
dr. head's world tower
etc.

what a year!
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Postby Celtic Andy on Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:24 pm

2 words....
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Postby Guest on Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:13 am

yeah. your living all over me. bug. was wot started the whole thing I reckon.
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Postby Guest on Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:33 am

Anonymous wrote:yeah. your living all over me. bug. was wot started the whole thing I reckon.


what about ramones, buzzcocks etc?
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Postby Guest on Fri Oct 08, 2004 2:32 pm

good to see a mention of Sloan. a top top band who have never released a band album. a canadain teenfanclub, if you will.
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Postby Trumpetwool on Fri Oct 08, 2004 2:34 pm

Anonymous wrote:good to see a mention of Sloan. a top top band who have never released a band album. a canadain teenfanclub, if you will.


I assume you meant "bad" album -- yeah great bad, I mean band.
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Postby Guest on Fri Oct 08, 2004 5:01 pm

Sorry, Trumpet but i am always sneaking on to this website when bosses aren't looking and sometimes don't have time to re-read messages before i get caught slacking
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Postby BZ on Fri Oct 08, 2004 6:05 pm

Yeah, there is something about the mix of the energy and the melody that makes grunge/power-pop so great. I think "The Cabbage" has to be one of the all-time greats in this category. It has that grunge distortion but it's very tuneful and hummable.

Also, gotta go with 'Clouds Taste Metallic' over 'Transmissions...'.
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Postby CMS on Fri Oct 08, 2004 7:49 pm

brendan o'h wrote:i totally agree.

give me pop music.....but please oh please make it slightly scuzzy so as i can look my mum right in the eye and say......you'll never love this and it shall be your punishment for the last 30 years of hatred that you've illegally pushed upon me!

And I totally agree with you!

The thing about grunge is that it just hasn't weathered time very well, and that goes not just for Soundgarden, but even Nirvana (save a few "singles" that are bent on pop complete with hooks and big choruses). The pop element adds a quality of timelessness to the "sound". But yeah, I love it when my pop music isn't afraid to be raw, dirty, and like you said, scuzzy.

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