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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Redd Kross Research the Blues

Posted by on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

  • Merge Records

I cannot tell a lie: I was a big Redd Kross fan circa 1987's bubbleglamtastic Neurotica, but I gave up on the McDonald brothers after they signed to Atlantic in 1990. Not because they'd gotten into bed with a major label—every alternative act was doing it at the time—but because I couldn't stand the over-produced record that resulted from that ill-fated union (they were dropped shortly thereafter). That said, time has been surprisingly kind to Third Eye. I knew people who liked it then; I know even more who like it now, but it was never for me.

This new Sunset Strip-in-the-'70s single, however, holds promise:

Classic paisley-powered rock (originally on Big Time; reissued by Sympathy).

A friend tells me that 1993's Phaseshifter is also worth a listen, so I'll have to give it a shot. Third Eye bummed me out so much I gave up on the band then and there (funny story: they once took me to task on KCMU, because I compared them to Journey). Merge releases Researching the Blues on August 10, 2012.


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birdy num num 1
I LOVE Third Eye!! i just pulled it out a couple nights ago and threw in on my turntable!

the records that follow that are a bit off yet still redd kross...i must have seen them play neurotica a million times and let me tell you, that record just rules. they were doing 'grunge' way before grunge was uttered by those folks at sub pop.
Posted by birdy num num on May 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Estey 2
Can't imagine most of the best music of the early-mid 90s without Neurotica. It's an album that really defines the sweet sticky cereal bowl cesspool of bong water and patchouli pop; about three years ahead of its time. I'll have to check out the new action! Thanks!
Posted by Estey on May 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
brocaine 3
The first 12" is the best of the non-crucial LA punk records, bar none.
Posted by brocaine on May 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM · Report this

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