The 40 Weirdest Post-'Nevermind' Major-Label Albums (according to Spin)

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TEENAGE ANGST DOESN'T ALWAYS PAY OFF WELL...
by Andrew Earles

The bustle around "alternative rock" in the early 1990s was certainly not the first major-label feeding frenzy to roil the music industry, but it was the last phenomenon of its kind. Unlike, say, the disco inferno or the '70s AOR invasion, the alt-rock boom would prove more baffling, expensive, and detrimental to the industry and the artists involved. You probably know somebody who got fucked.

Of course, it was primarily the success of Nirvana's Nevermind that initiated this madness, though it had a little help, both in the years leading up to its release and in the three or four years that followed. Jane's Addiction's 1988 album Nothing's Shocking was a major-label gamble on a hot cult band that paid off. Sonic Youth, who were almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing Nirvana to the attention of DGC, signed to the same label in 1989. Their contract was a version of the one that Hüsker Dü signed (with Warner Bros.) in 1985, known for its "100 percent creative control" clause. In 1991, Metallica's "Black Album" pointed a fair amount of attention towards the commercial potential of heavier forms of rock, then the surprise success of Helmet's Meantime contributed to the same concern. Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and the Smashing Pumpkins helped to darken the considerations and, a little bit later, the mega-success of Green Day and the Offspring gave the feeding frenzy a sticky, bubblegum extension through the decade's middle.

Essentially, change was imminent and the suits could see the writing on the wall, but Nevermind's rapid and comprehensive world domination still blindsided the industry and quickly transformed the business landscape — "alternative rock" stations (a.k.a., "X stations") popped up everywhere, the Alternative Nation was served every night by Kennedy and MTV, and used-CD stores in every strip mall quickly started filling their "Alternative" sections (a direct result of the mountains of promo CDs unleashed by the feeding frenzy).

As a snapshot of the era, here are the 40 weirdest, most uncompromising, riskiest, and most surprising albums that were released on a major label in the wake of Nevermind's explosion, during the mania's time-frame of 1992 until 1996.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
27 DRIVE LIKE JEHU – YANK CRIME (CARGO/INTERSCOPE/ATLANTIC, 1994) 12
34 MERCURY REV - BOCES (COLUMBIA, 1993) 11
17 ROYAL TRUX - SWEET SIXTEEN (VIRGIN, 1995) 9
14 MR. BUNGLE - DISCO VOLANTE (WARNER BROS., 1995) 8
10 GOD - POSSESSION (VIRGIN, 1992) 8
1 BOREDOMS – POP TATARI (REPRISE, 1993) 8
4 THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS - BAIT & SWITCH (AMERICAN, 1995) 8
2 DANIEL JOHNSTON - FUN (ATLANTIC, 1994) 6
7 WEEN - PURE GUAVA (ELEKTRA, 1992) 6
36 BABES IN TOYLAND – FONTANELLE (REPRISE, 1992) 5
13 PELL MELL - INTERSTATE (DGC, 1995) 4
37 HIS NAME IS ALIVE - MOUTH BY MOUTH (4AD/WARNER BROS., 1993) 4
35 SAMMY - TALES OF GREAT NECK GLORY (DGC, 1996) 3
18 FOETUS - GASH (COLUMBIA, 1995) 3
11 MELVINS - STAG (ATLANTIC, 1996) 3
38 GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI - INTRODUCING… (POLYGRAM, 1996) 3
32 V-3 - PHOTOGRAPH BURNS (ONION/AMERICAN RECORDINGS, 1996) 3
26 FLAMING LIPS - HIT TO DEATH IN THE FUTURE HEAD (WARNER BROS., 1992) 3
6 THE TOO PURE/AMERICAN RECORDINGS ALLIANCE 2
39 ROLLERSKATE SKINNY - HORSEDRAWN WISHES (WARNER BROS., 1996) 2
16 UNSANE - TOTAL DESTRUCTION (MATADOR/ATLANTIC, 1993) 2
15 COP SHOOT COP – ASK QUESTIONS LATER (INTERSCOPE/ATLANTIC, 1993) 1
5 JESUS LIZARD - SHOW (COLLISION ARTS/WARNER BROS, 1994) 1
8 MORBID ANGEL - DOMINATION (GIANT, 1995) 1
28 STEEL POLE BATH TUB – SCARS FROM FALLING DOWN (LONDON/SLASH RECORDS, 1994) 1
20 ETHYL MEATPLOW - HAPPY DAYS, SWEETHEART (CHAMELEON/ELEKTRA, 1993) 1
21 FUDGE TUNNEL - CREEP DIETS (EARACHE/COLUMBIA, 1993) 1
30 TRENCHMOUTH - VS. THE LIGHT OF THE SUN (SKENE!/EAST/WEST, 1994) 1
24 GALLON DRUNK - FROM THE HEART OF TOWN (SIRE, 1993) 1
29 NAPALM DEATH - FEAR EMPTINESS DESPAIR (EARACHE/COLUMBIA, 1994) 0
31 CANCER - BLACK FAITH (EAST/WEST, 1995) 0
3 BUTTHOLE SURFERS - PIOUHGD (CAPITOL, 1992) 0
33 MEDICINE - SHOT FORTH SELF LIVING (DEF AMERICAN, 1992) 0
19 CLAW HAMMER – THANK THE HOLDER UPPERS (INTERSCOPE, 1995) 0
25 ENTOMBED - WOLVERINE BLUES (EARACHE/COLUMBIA) 0
9 TAD - INFARED RIDING HOOD (EAST/WEST, 1995) 0
23 BAKAMONO - CRY OF THE TURKISH PIG FIDDLER (PRIORITY, 1995) 0
12 FLIPPER - AMERICAN GRAFISHY (DEF AMERICAN, 1993) 0
22 BUTT TRUMPET - PRIMITIVE ENEMA (CHRYSALIS, 1994) 0
40 CELL - SLO*BLO (DGC, 1993) 0


Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:17 (six years ago) link

was a very fun list to read, although i was amazed i have only even listened to one of these (Ethyl Meatplow), they really dug deep for some weird ones

trey songza (some dude), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:20 (six years ago) link

30 TRENCHMOUTH - VS. THE LIGHT OF THE SUN (SKENE!/EAST/WEST, 1994)
25 ENTOMBED - WOLVERINE BLUES (EARACHE/COLUMBIA)
22 BUTT TRUMPET - PRIMITIVE ENEMA (CHRYSALIS, 1994)
21 FUDGE TUNNEL - CREEP DIETS (EARACHE/COLUMBIA, 1993)
20 ETHYL MEATPLOW - HAPPY DAYS, SWEETHEART (CHAMELEON/ELEKTRA, 1993)
18 FOETUS - GASH (COLUMBIA, 1995)
16 UNSANE - TOTAL DESTRUCTION (MATADOR/ATLANTIC, 1993)
15 COP SHOOT COP – ASK QUESTIONS LATER (INTERSCOPE/ATLANTIC, 1993)
14 MR. BUNGLE - DISCO VOLANTE (WARNER BROS., 1995)
10 GOD - POSSESSION (VIRGIN, 1992)

one of these? tbf that butt trumpet inclusion is more sentimentality than quality

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:20 (six years ago) link

a lot of awesome records on this list.
MERCURY REV - BOCES (COLUMBIA, 1993)
PELL MELL - INTERSTATE (DGC, 1995)
ROYAL TRUX - SWEET SIXTEEN (VIRGIN, 1995)
FLAMING LIPS - HIT TO DEATH IN THE FUTURE HEAD (WARNER BROS., 1992)
DRIVE LIKE JEHU – YANK CRIME (CARGO/INTERSCOPE/ATLANTIC, 1994)
are 90s classics in my mind. thank you major labels.

tylerw, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:21 (six years ago) link

i know which one hi dere will vote for

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:21 (six years ago) link

waffling between lips, jehu and tjsa, though i haven't heard half of these blurts

da croupier, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:21 (six years ago) link

lol i have sentimental feelings about butt trumpet too!

tylerw, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:22 (six years ago) link

voted Royal Trux

Euler, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:22 (six years ago) link

After a little pondering, we are voting for our favorite album of the above. And discussing just how weird (and how little having to do with Nirvana!) the list/albums on it might be.

Even though I love metal, I don't see the metal albums having to do with Nirvana. In fact, I think this list is just an excuse to put a bunch of mostly obscure releases that happened to come out in a certain time, but that's cool since I like lists (and metal).

That said, I adore the Drive Like Jehu release and play it a little more often these days than anything else on the list, so I'm going for that.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:22 (six years ago) link

That Pell Mell record is great tyler! If I'm picking "best", it's Yank Crime. Weirdest? I don't know, haven't heard any Butt Tunnel yet.

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:23 (six years ago) link

I loved Rollerskate Skinny and am going to vote for them seeing as I'm sure nobody else will. Boredoms deserve to win, of course.

emil.y, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:23 (six years ago) link

4 THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS - BAIT & SWITCH (AMERICAN, 1995)

^^all time!

fart the police (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:23 (six years ago) link

Sorry, Butt Trumpet obvs.

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:23 (six years ago) link

There's a ton of great albums on this list but the 2 I've been actively listening to lately are Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and Fudge Tunnel.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:23 (six years ago) link

i know which one hi dere will vote for

hahaha this is pretty much a no-brainer. although Disco Volante was well within the running initially

xp: omg "Butt Tunnel"

Solange Knowles is my hero (DJP), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:24 (six years ago) link

I guess I probably should vote for my hometown lot but I never liked much on Earache, I'm afraid.

emil.y, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:24 (six years ago) link

(I just bought the TJSA recently off an ilxor!)

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:25 (six years ago) link

xp: omg "Butt Tunnel"

yeah i don't know where that came from. wait. maybe too much reading that chief keef thread.

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:26 (six years ago) link

fudge tunnel and butt trumpet, it was great that the major labels were signing 12-year-old boys back then...

tylerw, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:29 (six years ago) link

bungle

lol cassidy fan club (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:30 (six years ago) link

Looking at Butt Trumpet's album right now, is "DICKtatorship" an early influence on My Dick?

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:31 (six years ago) link

Pop Tatari by a mile.

~farben~ (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:39 (six years ago) link

Oh i love "Hit to Death" so so so much. I feel like the top 2 are pretty damn weird for a major label but "Hit to Death" is probably my favorite to listen to from this list.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:41 (six years ago) link

enjoyed the fuck out of this list when I was reading it yesterday fyi

nilmar wells (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:42 (six years ago) link

It's so Butt Trumpet. I remember, back in the day, getting three or four copies of that disc in the mail. After the last one I politely asked the publicist to stop sending them. She apologized before expressing her own distaste/disinterest in the project.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:43 (six years ago) link

most of these albums you can more or less figure out how they got released by a major but V3 and TJSA are the ones that floor me

like how many high-up people do you go through when trying to sign a band, and none of them raise an eyebrow at a band being called Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments

nilmar wells (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:44 (six years ago) link

LOL @ "Parental Advisory: Lighten Up"

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:44 (six years ago) link

xp i wonder if guided by voices turned down various major label offers and the a&r dudes were like, ok, ummm "OHIO. anything from ohio!"

tylerw, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:45 (six years ago) link

Incidentally, I feel that #6 THE TOO PURE/AMERICAN RECORDINGS ALLIANCE is cheating.

However if they had just put the amazing Long Fin Killie album "Houdini," I would have picked that based on this single song that graced many a mixtape I made at the time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl55AFCtqKc

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:46 (six years ago) link

xpost to adam Hit To Death would be my 2nd place. It's by far my favorite flaming lips record. But Pop Tatari is one of the best records of that decade regardless of genre or major/indie

~farben~ (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:48 (six years ago) link

I don't know, i like "Chocolate Synth" more, and the whole "Super Roots" series much more.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:49 (six years ago) link

still think that Pop Tatari is the strangest album ever released by a major label but I have not heard 3/4th of these

frogbs, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:49 (six years ago) link

Sammy - Tales Of Great Neck Glory 4EVA!!!!!!!!!

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:51 (six years ago) link

Voting V3. Also still own those Claw Hammer and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apts CDs. Bought that Sammy one for a few dollars several years ago, but it never clicked. Have 4 older Flipper CDs on my shelf, but not that one, which I remember being not so good.

xhuxk, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:54 (six years ago) link

Favourite overall would probably by Wolverine Blues, but I went with Foetus cos it's much more alternative-oriented. And awesome. And insane. Mr. Bungle would be a close second

Greatjon, Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:57 (six years ago) link

I don't know, i like "Chocolate Synth" more, and the whole "Super Roots" series much more.

― Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:49 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Have thought about this a lot, and vol. 7 is the only Super Roots I'd rank equal to Tatari. Choco Synth for me is 4 or 5 great tracks among filler.

~farben~ (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 10 January 2013 22:58 (six years ago) link

^formerly Great Plains, right?

~farben~ (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:15 (six years ago) link

a buddy of mine was a hired gun guitar player in butt trumpet for like 5 years in the early 2000s. apparently an odd gig to say the least.

still torn between bungle and cop shoot cop

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:20 (six years ago) link

you should split the difference and vote GOD

Solange Knowles is my hero (DJP), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:22 (six years ago) link

weird, i played trumpet in butt guitar

trey songza (some dude), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:22 (six years ago) link

the record I enjoy the most of these: Gallon Drunk

bendy, Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:24 (six years ago) link

it's rare to see a magazine list where I like p. much everything I've heard from it but this comes pretty close. intrigued by the other things now

(though I'm assuming, possibly incorrectly, the stuff I've never heard of is mostly metal. and I've heard and liked some of the metal!)

Gorky's, HNIA and Mr Bungle my immediate favourites. Love the Pell Mell too but it's not that weird, just not very major label either, iirc?

a panda, Malmö (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:24 (six years ago) link

This is totally Pell Mell for me, because I was too old for all that Buttfudge Meat Tomb stuff. Medicine were great when I saw them live, though.

Sailor-neighbor of Chaucer's wife (Tubby) (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:25 (six years ago) link

it might be fair to say that GOD is actually the weirdest of these

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:25 (six years ago) link

I thought I just posted a booster thread for GOD but it's gone missing. But that is the answer. Maybe my favourite album of the 90s, nevermind this poll.

Troughton-masked Replicant (aldo), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:25 (six years ago) link

Gallon Drunk are pretty great

fart the police (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:28 (six years ago) link

my wife almost dumped me early on in our courtship when I excitedly played the GOD album for her shortly after she found a NIN remix CD in my collection with a track titled "Fist Fuck"

Solange Knowles is my hero (DJP), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:29 (six years ago) link

you can thank our buddy foetus for that remix

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:31 (six years ago) link

i still say that fixed might be the best NIN release

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:31 (six years ago) link

That Trenchmouth record isn't my favorite one of theirs, but the first four songs are completely storming.

Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments are the greatest rock'n'roll band ever.

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 18 January 2013 17:41 (six years ago) link

That ween hit (daisies) i remember getting MTV play. Sort of a weird crossover between novelty song and catchy hit. But definitely a novelty record I think (in the eyes of the people who made it an MTV hit, at least some of them?)

dan selzer, Friday, 18 January 2013 17:53 (six years ago) link

missed this :(

would have voted for mr bungle, with boces a nominal second and pop tatari third. need to hear god a bit more - first listen was very promising. and as for drive like jehu, i've only heard 'luau' which rules

imago, Friday, 18 January 2013 17:55 (six years ago) link

I think "Push Th' Little Daisies" is great but it's not something that makes me want to dig deeper into the Ween catalog

Influential Acid Jazz Pioneer (crüt), Friday, 18 January 2013 17:56 (six years ago) link

Yeah, even I like 'Push th' Little Daisies' and I *hate* Ween.

emil.y, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:11 (six years ago) link

But definitely a novelty record I think (in the eyes of the people who made it an MTV hit, at least some of them?)

yeah I think so. did the same people see "She Don't Use Jelly" as a novelty record too? they probably did, right?

dmr, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:14 (six years ago) link

I don't remember actually ever seeing a video for Push Th' Little Daisies. She Don't Use Jelly was on constantly.

dmr, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:15 (six years ago) link

You know, I've never been a big fan of alternative music, but these guys rocked the house!

tylerw, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:16 (six years ago) link

ha i'm not a big zappa guy but on the first few original mothers albums alone that's just a ridiculous statement

i'm not into long boring guitar solos.

billstevejim, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:21 (six years ago) link

ok Freak Out! i'll give him that much. but it's not a better album than The Mollusk.

billstevejim, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:22 (six years ago) link

i always forget that Freak Out is amazing when i assess Zappa.

billstevejim, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:23 (six years ago) link

i'm not into long boring guitar solos.

― billstevejim, Friday, January 18, 2013 12:21 PM (1 minute ago)

Dude, stop mischaracterizing original Mothers albums.

Jah Creature (WilliamC), Friday, 18 January 2013 18:23 (six years ago) link

I stand corrected! Also I kinda love 200 Motels.

billstevejim, Friday, 18 January 2013 18:27 (six years ago) link

Duke of Prunes, motherfuckers

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 18 January 2013 18:55 (six years ago) link

billstevejim, absolutely free is a lot like freak out but more fucked up you might like that

fieri inna babylon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 18 January 2013 18:59 (six years ago) link

i don't like daniel johnston, mainly due to the typical reservations about being a fan of someone with a serious mental condition.

this has made me remember another likely contender/arguably surprising oversight for this list, 'Fabian Road Warrior' by Wesley Willis

▼ardkore mort▼ (DJ Mencap), Friday, 18 January 2013 20:37 (six years ago) link

i don't like daniel johnston, mainly due to the typical reservations about being a fan of someone with a serious mental condition.

Yeah that's a touchy subject. I was in a band w something w a lead singer who had a serious mental condition and have seen many shows where audience reactions ranged from appreciation to straight-up laughing at them. I never asked her about what she thought of people mocking her cos she really didn't care, it was all about her getting out of the house, having fun, expressing herself, and embracing the people that genuinely came out to support her when she met them. It's a great attitude to have and it should hold true for any musician, whether or not they are 'disabled'.

Daniel Johnston is awesome. Ever since i saw this thread I've had a bunch of his songs pop into my head randomly over the past week, and if that's not a sign of a successful musician i don't know what is.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 18 January 2013 20:44 (six years ago) link

this has made me remember another likely contender/arguably surprising oversight for this list, 'Fabian Road Warrior' by Wesley Willis

― ▼ardkore mort▼ (DJ Mencap), Friday, January 18, 2013 3:37 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh yeah, Willis should have been on the list. Good call!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 18 January 2013 20:49 (six years ago) link

I haven't listened to it in ages but shouldn't the Boss Hog self-titled release on Geffen have been in the running here? I have trouble believing it's not "weird" at least inasmuch as others that made the list.

The video for the lead single makes me think so:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU1LB4StySo

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:15 (six years ago) link

I can't remember if I voted in this or not, but it would have been for Sammy. Years later I'm still slightly fascinated by this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNvk1g53mw4

Which looks like some relative of Whit Stillman/Wes Anderson, and also looks like an excerpt from a movie that never got made (the art on the CD reflects that too). Band visually reminds me a bit of preppy David Johansen teaming up with preppy Brian Jones here. I've always assumed that Jesse Hartman (lead singer) was responsible for the video, but have never seen the credits. Oh, and a couple of their best songs were b-sides on CD singles (Cafeteria Hawker, etc.). A collection will never happen, I'm sure, but one can dream...

dlp9001, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:27 (six years ago) link

Yeah that's a touchy subject. I was in a band w something w a lead singer who had a serious mental condition and have seen many shows where audience reactions ranged from appreciation to straight-up laughing at them. I never asked her about what she thought of people mocking her cos she really didn't care, it was all about her getting out of the house, having fun, expressing herself, and embracing the people that genuinely came out to support her when she met them. It's a great attitude to have and it should hold true for any musician, whether or not they are 'disabled'.

Is this the same as your big hippie posse band?

how's life, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:35 (six years ago) link

No.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:58 (six years ago) link

The Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments record is great! Working through the ones I haven't heard...

Neil S, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:01 (six years ago) link

First time I've heard Sammy; that's an ace song/video, and really not weird at all.

I like sex, don't steal my hot dog! (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:11 (six years ago) link

if you like the TJSA try to check out their record after that too. possibly even better. it's called Straight To Video.

dmr, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 17:19 (six years ago) link

i loved that video on 120 minutes but i gotta admit the sammy cd disappointed me

da croupier, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 17:20 (six years ago) link

xp Did Wesley Willis have any major label releases?

billstevejim, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 17:24 (six years ago) link

yeah, two albums on American

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Wesley+Willis

dmr, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 17:26 (six years ago) link

oh yeah! Rick Rubin

billstevejim, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 17:27 (six years ago) link

wtf Wesley should've been #1 on this thing.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 17:33 (six years ago) link

xxxp thanks dmr, will check that one out too.

Neil S, Thursday, 24 January 2013 13:48 (six years ago) link

lol butt trumpet

rocky dennis horror show (Pillbox), Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:43 (six years ago) link

Could it have hurt them to be called Ass Trombone

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:52 (six years ago) link

that sounds like it would hurt

Bel-Air the Fresh Prince, sitting in a chair (DJP), Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:52 (six years ago) link

Depends on how callused your embouchure is.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:54 (six years ago) link

At the time, I was floored by that Babes in Toyland--the only grunge-era band to sign to the majors and keep their teeth sharp IMO.

But over time, I'd have to hand this to Morbid Angel. Domination is one of the highest budget and best death metal records of all time. Can't see a more perfect or classic disc on this list.

Ps - I saw Unwound open for Drive Like Jehu in '93 ;P

Nate Carson, Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:59 (six years ago) link

Butt Trumpet pretty much got killed in the poster comments-to-actual votes ratio.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 25 January 2013 05:19 (six years ago) link

it's like nobody really wanted to listen to a band called Butt Trumpet: who knew?

O'Floyd rules! (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 25 January 2013 09:07 (six years ago) link

I remember the name from those days. Purposefully never checked them out.

Nate Carson, Friday, 25 January 2013 09:38 (six years ago) link

apparently whichever hapless Chrysalis A&R person who signed them was unable to work that one out. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when he or she explained that particular decision.

Neil S, Friday, 25 January 2013 09:44 (six years ago) link

"I thought it was "But, Trumpet!" "

Mark G, Friday, 25 January 2013 10:57 (six years ago) link

lone Butt Trumpet song on Spotify: "Who Lit the Fuse on Cinder's Tampon"...from a breast cancer benefit album called "Save the Boobies Tour 2006: Rockin' the Fight Against Breast Cancer"

mh (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 25 January 2013 16:54 (six years ago) link

but who will save the butts

fonkytimez lemonade (some dude), Friday, 25 January 2013 16:56 (six years ago) link

early research into flaming tampons as a cure for butt cancer has looked promising

mh (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 25 January 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

Depends on how callused your embouchure is.

― Ned Raggett, Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:54 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

A+++

here is no telephone (Jon Lewis), Friday, 25 January 2013 18:37 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

would love to write a book full of stories about the creative and/or financial ruination of so many people involved in this gold rush. Our Band Could Be Your Tax Write-Off.

― trey songza (some dude), Friday, January 11, 2013 4:06 PM (six years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

would read

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 9 June 2019 17:16 (three months ago) link

Some of these weren’t really Nirvana gold rush “cash-in” albums; they were on pseudo-indies distributed by majors, etc. (as I’m sure is pointed out somewhere in the thread).

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Sunday, 9 June 2019 17:50 (three months ago) link

Nirvana and "Nevermind" get way too much credit for their influnce.

nicky lo-fi, Monday, 10 June 2019 00:12 (three months ago) link


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