Title: Walking Through Syrup

Artist: Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

Album: Are You Normal?

Year Released: 1992

What It Is: A strong hybrid of post-punk rock coupled with dance inspired funk powered by two (count ’em) bassists. Many throw them in with the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays,and EMF, but Ned’s, to my ears, had more chops and less gimmicks. Of course, they never got a hit in the US of A.

Riffage / Hookage: Pretty rockin’ guitar riff, pretty funky basses (plural, of course) and a pretty darn good hook. The two-bass thing works as one lays down a ‘normal’ bass line playing off the drums and the second bassist can do the funk thang.

Cowbell?: Who needs cowbell when you have two bassists?

Words Of Wisdom: “So here’s the prediction
You get an affliction
You gain an addiction
You grab what you can
Get introduced to a good lady bubble head
Who thinks she’s seducing peter pan”

Mixology Report: If memory serves, this was the first song on the first mix tape I made for my wife (when she and a friend road-tripped to Florida). So, yeah, it’s mixworthy!!

Top Five Genius Results: Litany (Life Goes On) – Guadalcanal Diary
Start Choppin’ – Dinosaur Jr.
If I Can’t Change Your Mind- Sugar
That Is Why – Jellyfish
A Small Victory – Faith No More

Um…I think Genius needs a remedial class in “grebo”.

For The Good Of The Order: It’s not every day that you run into a band that made three albums, and quit, and all three albums were pretty darn nifty. Well, Ned’s is that band. All three records are distinctively Ned’s but all sound different enough that you knew they weren’t repeating themselves or being formulaic. I guess they still perform on occasion, sometimes with the originals and sometimes with others filling in.

Here’s a vid that got me turned on to Ned’s, big time!

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