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The Vicious
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posted 16 February 2005 07:41 AM      Profile for The Vicious     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This has been something stewing in my mind, a bevy of bands that were fairly popular and successful in the mid-late 90s, I do wonder what has become of them. I know what has happened to a few and I'll lay out the details for the curious. Babblers, do contribute, we might asnwer each others queries.

Rusty- had some hits like Empty Cell, Misogyny, Soul for Sale. Haven't heard anything else about them in years.

Moist- David Usher continues to do solo projects, sadly they stick to the genre of adult contemporary light rock, instead of the more impassioned style of his (apparently former) band. Used to hear there would be something new from Moist some day, but since 2000's album, nothing.

Headstones- broken up, frontman Hugh Dillon now leads The Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir. By the sounds of the single and the last Headstones album it sounds to be more upbeat fare than the darker material from years past while Hugh was often using the popular musician's muse, heroin.

Joydrop- had the hit single "Beutiful like me" and then kind of faded away. Anyone know anything else from them?

Odds- hit singles like "Someone who is Cool" and "Eat my brain" got them a fair deal of attention, but the last album from them i can recall is Nest. Still hear Heterosexual man on the radio often enough, they just quit?

Limblifter- Bellaclava came out in 2000, but I don't recall anything they have done since.

Nine Inch Nails - new album in May!

Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in LA is a sure classic, but have the produced anything else notable?

Age of Electric - Broken up, one of them went to lead Limblifter.

Crash Test Dummies - still putting out music though with little fanfare. Ellen Reid and Brad Roberts look to be the only founding members still in the band. Released "Songs of the Unforgiven" album last year.

Spookey Ruben - Indy "space pop" performer's last albums were 2001's Bed and Breakfast. Saw him tour through here that december at mount royal college. Aparently still performing sporadically.

Thrush Hermit - Broken up, lead Joel Plaskett now fronts the Joel Plaskett Emergency.

Big Wreck - broken up, lead Ian Thornley now fronts Thornley.

Ghandharvas, Pluto, Sandbox, The Killjoys, Junkhouse, Poe, Esthero, Cowboy Junkies - All had varying degress of success and some hits, I don't know where they went.

Wierd Al Yankovic - he's still out there, and will continue to sell albums no matter how corny.


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 16 February 2005 12:07 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Odds- hit singles like "Someone who is Cool" and "Eat my brain" got them a fair deal of attention, but the last album from them i can recall is Nest. Still hear Heterosexual man on the radio often enough, they just quit?

Yeah, sadly, they broke up. They had a singles compilation (with some rarities) out in 2000.

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Crash Test Dummies

Started sucking badly ("A Worm's Life"... vomit). Brad Roberts openly spoke of his desire to alienate their existing fan base with every release, and they achieved that very well.

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Junkhouse

Tom Wilson is busy with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (with Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing) and also had a solo album out.

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Cowboy Junkies

They lost their label, but are still putting out good stuff independently (through their website).


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posted 16 February 2005 02:18 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw the Cowboy Junkies in Hamilton last summer. They sounded good. But fuckin' half the bar was talking through the whole thing; shouting above the band!!!!

What is it with audiences these past years? I remember people would pretend to listen and at least applaud mechanically between songs, ... now they talk like it's a machine playing and they don't even pretend to clap.


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Sal Paradise
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posted 16 February 2005 02:54 PM      Profile for Sal Paradise        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
What is it with audiences these past years? I remember people would pretend to listen and at least applaud mechanically between songs, ... now they talk like it's a machine playing and they don't even pretend to clap.

Getting a bit off the main topic here...but I was asking myself the very same question a short time ago.

Went to check out a number of folksy singer/guitarist/songwriters(Amy Campbell, Rose Cousin, Karyn Ellis)...although this show took place in a bar there was no question that this was a mini-concert. At one point Amy Campbell addressed the rudeness of those who talked loudly throughout the show, but her message was lost when it went unheard - because those same people were too busy talking.

The thing that made me wonder was.....the bar that night was all about live music.....if you're going to go and check out live music...why the hell go there and not listen? Or at the very least, recognize that others might have come to a live show in order to listen to the music.

The concept doesn't seem that radical.

Why then is it lost on so many people?

The little "theory" I concluded after that night was that it might be due to the canned music that seems so omnipresent at most bars. People are too used to being at a bar where music is piped in over a machine, and it's not rude at all to try and make yourself heard over the din of music. Once in the presence of live music...the fact is lost on many that "live music" is being played by "living" people...it is not realized that it's no longer appropriate to shout above the music (which is something someone had written and they are standing not too far away bravely and generously sharing with you).

I'm probably being a bit too wordy in order to make a simple point..but it was something that pissed me off. I wish that if one is going to check out music only to shout above it - that they'd do the world a favour and stay the hell home.

I'd like to add as well a plug for BattleAxe Folk....http://www.battleaxefolk.com/.

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posted 16 February 2005 09:01 PM      Profile for baba yaga     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Viscious - Limblifter released I/O in 2004. I loved Age of Electric - I once made dinner for them when they were visiting a friend here in Montreal. Really nice guys!
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posted 16 February 2005 09:31 PM      Profile for mayakovsky     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Babes in Toyland. I saw them at the Town Pump in Vancouver around 1994. It was amazing. One of the most unnderated bands of that period IMHO. Unfortunately Kat Bjelland always got referred to as an ex-bandmate of Courtney Love. I recently googled Kat Bjelland and she is still performing and one can hear her recent work at her site. Also Kirstin Hersh/ Throwing Muses is still putting amazing work out. 'University' is still one of my favourite albums. Canadian wise, I think 54-40 hands down, through the nineties and still.
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posted 16 February 2005 10:45 PM      Profile for Left Turn        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Joydrop - Their video for "I Sometimes Wanna Die" was all over Muchmoremusic in the fall of 2002.
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posted 23 February 2005 10:40 PM      Profile for weakling willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For lovers of cheese, Jean-Marc, who put out the memorably bad release John of Mark in 1995, has reformed the Box (with all new players), and they will be releasing a new album this spring, and playing Toronto April 7.

I am also pleased to see that the lead singer of the grossly underappreciated 2 Preciious (one eponymous album, 1996) resumed her solo career and has put out two poppy releases... I am of course talking about Lee Aaron.


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posted 23 February 2005 11:08 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I watched My So Called Life (the entire one season series) this week and mourned a lot of good 90's bands.
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posted 24 February 2005 12:18 AM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does anyone remember the Grifters? One of my favourite all time bands.
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Hawkins
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posted 24 February 2005 12:53 AM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Limblifter is still touring.

Apparently I am too young to know their impact on the music scene.


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thorin_bane
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posted 25 February 2005 02:45 PM      Profile for thorin_bane     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I won't miss much of the 90's most of the bands had that oasisi whineness I didn't appreciate. Not that Dave Mustaines(megadeth) voice isn't whiney it's just my kind of whiney. I didn't like the 90's because it was like pseudo rock. Guitars, check, drums, check, goodlooking band memebrs(by and large) check. OK now lets play something that a first year music student could do. Sorry just my opinion. My decade of preferance id the 70's underground rock scene....had some of the best bass lines ever. A lot of cover songs you wouldn't think of originate from the 60's and 70's.
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Michelle
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posted 25 February 2005 02:48 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Heh, "the Gen X whine" is what I think I've heard it called. REM, for instance, has it in spades, especially in their smash hit, "Whining In The Corner."

"I think I thought I saw you whiiiiiiiiine..."

No, that wasn't just a dream.


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When it comes to REM, everybody hurts especially the listeners.

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Sneaker Pimps- they kicked out Kelli Ali, and the band died shortly thereafter. Six Underground is still among my most favorite songs, though.

Pantera- the band broke up after Phil Anselmo left. Talks of a reunion were cut short with the murder of "Dimebag" Darell Abbot.


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catje
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I LOVE six underground!

not much of a pantera fan though . . .


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I did like screaming trees. His belinda carlyle raspyness was pretty cool. What do you define as a 90's band anyway. I know of a lot of Heavy Metal bands form europe that came out in the 90's but they aren't what i would call a 90's band. Nightwish spawned all these opera lead singer bands like Edens Bridge and Evenescience. Sinergy was kinda Lita Ford ish but better. Rhapsody is like heary rock put to LORT or Braveheart soundtrack
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Surferosad
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posted 12 March 2005 01:03 AM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Boy you people have bad taste in music. Except for the Babes in Toyland fan. They were a'right.

http://www.youhavebadtasteinmusic.com/


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The Vicious
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My taste is bad? No, my taste in music is high grade yet unpretentious. I listen to what is worthwhile, but I'm not seeking out the hopelessly obscure just to be cool.
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i actually thought most of the stuff listed on this thread was sorta . . . mainstream. although none of it seems to be listed on surferosad's site.
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Any shoegaze fans in here? Bands like Ride, Slowdive, that first album released by The Verve... I only ever got into it after the 90s ended, but unless you really explore postpunk circles these days, good shoegaze seems to have disappeared. Anyone know of any good acts that are keeping shoegaze alive?
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Absolutely! (Shoegaze)

Sophia (Ger.)
Turin Brakes (UK)
Aurore Rien (US)
Tindersticks (UK)
Kasabian
The Vulcan Dub Squad (punk/shoe gaze - Brampton)


Van and Patrick Conner of the Screaming Trees are now in a band called VALIS. Hands down the best band I had to review last year.


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posted 16 March 2005 01:34 PM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wouldn't call the Tindersticks shoegaze...
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Surferosad
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posted 16 March 2005 01:47 PM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Vicious:
My taste is bad? No, my taste in music is high grade yet unpretentious. I listen to what is worthwhile, but I'm not seeking out the hopelessly obscure just to be cool.

I don't look out for the hopelessly obscure either. But...

Fact: for every band that gets some airplay there are thousands that don't. This has nothing to do with the quality of the music. This is only due to economics and promotion. If you look at it statistically, chances are that for every decent band that gets some airplay (they're pretty rare these days, aren't they?) there will be hundreds that are much better that don't. So if you don't listen to obscure bands just to be cool, you should at least listen to them for the sake of getting some good music and some variety. And because they need fans more badly than the bands that get airplay.

Another fact: Moist and Big wreck sucked really bad!

[ 16 March 2005: Message edited by: Surferosad ]


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Bran Van 3000 had another album after Glee, but then their label collapsed.
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posted 16 March 2005 07:47 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
right said fred -- they were, too sexy for babble, too sexy by far

john squire vs ian brown, in a steel cage?


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The Vicious
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posted 17 March 2005 03:44 AM      Profile for The Vicious     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Surferosad:

Another fact: Moist and Big wreck sucked really bad!

[ 16 March 2005: Message edited by: Surferosad ]


You are a horrible asshole.


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posted 17 March 2005 11:04 AM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Uh? I am? Wow! You must really like those bands!

Sorry!


(But, alas, Moist and Big Wreck still suck)


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quote:
Originally posted by fuschiashock:
Bran Van 3000 had another album after Glee, but then their label collapsed.
I never liked "Dringing in L.A.", but i really liked their single off of the followup album. I forget the name, but its with Curtis Mayfield (thanks to some heavy editing).

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posted 17 March 2005 02:39 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"All I wanna do is love you"?

That was an awesome disco themed track called Astounded.


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quote:
Originally posted by Surferosad:
Uh? I am? Wow! You must really like those bands!

Sorry!


(But, alas, Moist and Big Wreck still suck)


I guess i should have said, you are a horrible asshole for assuming your musical taste is supierior to mine and putting down two great bands.


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Man, if you like those two bands that much, my taste is indubitably superior to yours! 'Cause, you know, Moist and Big wreck are sucky! Suckity suck sucky!

Or to be precise, their music is derivative and bland.

Warning: the views expressed in this post are mine and mine alone. If you can't deal with them, that's too bad.


P.S.- Moist and Big Wreck still suck.

[ 17 March 2005: Message edited by: Surferosad ]


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The Vicious
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posted 18 March 2005 12:38 PM      Profile for The Vicious     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You are in error.

What bands do you like anyways?


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posted 18 March 2005 01:42 PM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nineties stuff?

I already mentioned the Grifters
Pavement were cool
Guided By Voices
An obscure New Zealand band called Bailter Space
Man or Astroman ?
The Posies
My Bloody Valentine
Stereolab
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Swervedriver (do not confuse with Screwdriver!)
Brainiac
Drive like Jehu
Jesus Lizard

And other stuff...

[ 18 March 2005: Message edited by: Surferosad ]


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Well Nine Inch Nails are back and I couldn't wait for the single to come out. I also can't wait to see them in T.O. Too bad Vanity Beach isn't opening for them....ya can't have it all.
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