Posts from 12th April 2002

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Apr 02

Sugar – JC Auto (Live)

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Sugar – JC Auto (Live)
(In the middle of downloading my favorite 100 singles of the 90s, so be prepared for more of these [mwuhahaha…]) Even through a pair of 4Q (4Q?? Did they get these off the back of a pickup?) computer speakers, this is ferocious. It makes me wistful (BRIEFLY, until “Vivrant Thing” comes up next in the mp3 playlist) for an early 90s American indie that never was (with few exceptions…maybe Drive Like Jehu, although it sounds nothing like them): bristling, driving…the exact opposite of the turgid grunge nonsense that prick Butch Vig was responsible for so much of (thank you very much Garbage: Behind the Music.) It also makes me wonder why Sugar could never pull something like this on record, instead opting for Bob Mould to play pick and mix with 90s alt-rock like it was a Whitman’s Sampler…(“a little shoegaze…a little jangle pop…a little grunge…”)

USHER – “U Got It Bad”

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USHER – “U Got It Bad”

Filler? FILLER? Oh, no no no no. Usher’s testifying (in that modern stylee) – no pounding on the altar, not much sweat, and he only falls to his knees because he’s dancing. But this is probably as close as a playa is going to get to showing some real heart nowadays (and sound like he means it). Fuck hard; love is complicated. And when he’s stuck in the house, having no fun, because this is all he thinks about, and the chorus is sliding down with him … damn it, why’d I throw away all those letters & pictures?

One more chance; Mike, give it one more chance.

ASHANTI — “Foolish”

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ASHANTI — “Foolish”

Like Usher’s “U Got It Bad,” redolent of nothing more than mid-album filler, this song betrays no clue why it would go #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unlike Usher, it’s actively irritating once I pay attention. Y’see, my brain has got this aural x-ray action jazz, so I can hear right through the vocals down to the DeBarge loop, and I’m not sure I can listen a loop so unadorned without permanent damage. It’s a good three-plus minutes of piano melody, arc of chime tinkle, responding organ melody, piano melody, arc of chime tinkle, responding organ melody, piano melody, arc of chime tinkle, responding organ melody, piano melody, arc of chime tinkle, responding organ melody, arrgh. Why doesn’t this bore more people, I wonder? And can a good slow-jam track be keyed to so obvious a loop?