Title: Gas Girl

Artist: The Bottle Rockets

Album: The Bottle Rockets

Year Released: 1993

What It Is: A love song to the ultimate service worker – the convenience store babe. And not one of those fancy Circle K’s or 7-11’s. No, a very basic service station where they sell gas, smokes, pop and stale candy bars. You know the type – and you know the girls!

Riffage / Hookage: A great country-fried riff (natural for the Bottle Rockets) kicks off the song. While it’s not ‘hooky’ per se, it’s memorable!

Cowbell?: Nah, but the drumming is solid!

Words Of Wisdom: “Pretty little gas girl I don’t even know your name, but I wanna find out!”

Definitely not a high-rent convenience store. I mean, even the Kwik-E-Mart has name tags (for everyone but Apu…)

Mixology Report: It’s a short, rockin’ tune so it’ll fit in nicely on many mixes!

Top Five Genius Results: Uncle Tupelo – Postcard
Son Volt – Straightface
Drive-By Truckers – Do It Yourself
Old 97’s – Four Leaf Clover
The Jayhawks – Two Angels

For The Good Of The Order: I was quite pleased when I realized the Bottle Rockets were still alive and kickin’. They were Uncle Tupelo’s rowdier, less couth cousins in the scene that formed in the St. Louis hinterlands, and released some mighty fine records. True success eluded them, but they’re still kickin’ it, as this live cut will tell!


In a fiesty mood…

Title: Territory

Artist: Sepultura

Album: Chaos, A.D.

Year Released: 1993

What It Is: Brazilian thrash-speed metal with a social conscious. Before you run away in fear, consider that this song is complex, the lyrics are thoughtful and the musicianship is top notch. Oh, yeah, and it’s LOUD, too! God love it!

Riffage / Hookage: Monster riffs all the way through. The best part about it is that it’s not insanely fast where the riffage blurs together. You can hear and feel the riffs envelop your body.

Cowbell?: Excellent double bass drummin, though!

Words Of Wisdom: “Years Of Fighting
Teaching My Son
To Believe In That Man
Racist Human Being
Racist Ground Will Live
Shame And Regret
Of The Pride
You’ve Once Possessed”

A lot of their work is in support of the native Brazilians who have been oppressed brutally over the years. Coupled with the fact that the band grew up in third-world type poverty under a military dictatorship, then you kinda get why they’re a bit pissed off.

Mixology Report: Unfortunately, some will hear Max Cavalera’s vocals and tune out. So be careful. But my wife likes it!

Top Five Genius Results: Slayer – War Ensemble
Anthrax – Caught In A Mosh
Prong – Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
Megadeth – Wake Up Dead
Testament – Into The Pit

For The Good Of The Order: Sepultura was on their way to become the premier heavy metal band of the 90’s, but infighting led to Cavalera leaving the band. The whole was greater than the sum of the parts, and neither Sepultura nor Max’s band Soulfly ever caught the spark again.

Here’s the video. The Mrs. and I saw this one night after getting home from some carrying on in Indy during the days of “Headbangers Ball”, no doubt.

And they can kick ass live, too!

Title: Laid

Artist: James

Album: Laid

Year Released: 1993

What It Is: Classic catchy cheeky Brit-pop. Actually, the lyrics are a bit, um, co-dependent but hey.

Riffage / Hookage: Gosh, this song has hooks a plenty!

Cowbell?: Nah

Words Of Wisdom: “Caught your hand inside the till
Slammed your fingers in the drawer
Fought with kitchen knives and skewers
Dressed me up in women’s clothes
Messed around with gender roles
Line my eyes and call me pretty”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Mixology Report: Sure thing, but the subtleties may get lost bumping up against punk or metal.

Top Five Genius Results: How Soon Is Now – Smiths
Common People – Pulp
Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
Nightswimming – REM
Pictures Of You – The Cure

For The Good Of The Order: What happens when you take four years to follow up your first real success in the US? Your album charts at #158 and the fans you gained in 1993 via MTV and alternative radio left you. Word of warning to all you bands out there. Go create. You don’t have to be a Robert Pollard and release 431 songs a year, but one record every year to 18 months is fine!

Here’s a couple of live clips. One from Glastonbury and one from Letterman. And remember, she only hums comes when she’s on top. (Or so they say!)

Title: Dream All Day

Artist: The Posies

Album: Frosting On The Beater

Year Released: 1993

What It Is: Quintessential power pop. Seriously. It’s textbook power pop, and it’s why I love this genre so.

Riffage / Hookage: Yep, it’s got a great riff, and what’s better is that it seems a bit off, almost discordant. It’s not a major power chord. Let me look.. Ah, the opening riff starts with F#sus4 and then goes to E. Then the riff goes from Bmin Bsus4 Bmin to A Asus4 A. (Now, I don’t play, but I know enough about music that I know that’s not normal power chordin’…) The vocal hooks are fabulous as well. I love the way Jon Auer’s and Ken Stringfellow’s voices blend!

Cowbell?: Not on this track, but there is cowbell ON the album! Good solid drumming though!

Words Of Wisdom: “In a blackened room
Staring into space
Underneath a thousand blankets
Just to find a place
Where everything is reachable
Imagining is safe
I tried to make it so
I didn’t even know”

Mixology Report: Mix it every day and twice on Sunday! I usually lead off a mix with it if I include it.

Top Five Genius Results: Red Dragon Tattoo – Fountains Of Wayne
One Horse Town – The Thrills
There’s No Other Way – Blur
Debonair – The Afghan Whigs
Helpess – Sugar

An interesting group of songs, to say the least.

For The Good Of The Order: For a band that broke up, they certainly are playing together a lot. Jon and Ken are doing a lot of solo stuff, but they get back together at times (including playing as part of Big Star with Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens). In fact, in Chicago at the Taste of Randolph Street Fair on June 20th, they’ll be playing THIS album! GO! NOW!

Here’s the original music video (non-embeddible, argh!)

Here’s an acoustic radio station performance. Not the same as the studio version, but hey…