Staying with the 90s again this week and one of the less-celebrated bands of the Brit-Pop Invasion, Elastica. Fronted by the charismatic (and somewhat toothsome) Justine Frischmann, Elastica created a stir early-on both here and in the UK. Their debut album did very well everywhere and they were voted one of the bands-to-watch in 1995. But things got a little wobbly, and there was a lawsuit over plagiarism that didn’t go down too well. Band members left, citing exhaustion from non-stop touring. And their follow-up album in 2000 was greeted with underwhelming sales and mixed reviews. And by 2001 everyone called it a day.
But for a time they were the next big thing. And this concert, recorded at the 1995 Bristol Sound City Festival on April 18th finds them in peak form. The concert was broadcast over RAI Radio 2, which explains the excited announcements in Italian here and there.
Elastica were one of those bands that made the 90s interesting, and in retrospect, quite a lot of fun to listen to.
Earlier this year I ran a track by the 90’s Brit-PopbandWhiteout with promises to run some of their session recordings at another time. Well, I didn’t forget and tonight it’s a track from a session they did for John Peel on October 11, 1994. Time and Again, from what I understand, only exists in this session. It was never released on any album or single and the band seldom performed it live. Which is really a shame because it’s a great track and it gives some clue as to what Whiteout were capable of during their comparatively short lifespan.
If you haven’t been over to Jim Noir’s site and gotten this free download of Tea as a preview of his new album, Jimmy’s Show, which is slated to be released within days, here’s a chance to give it a listen.
Jim Noir has been around for a little while and has gotten a lot of good word of mouth, as well as a ton of exposure via a couple of his tracks which made their way into some Adidas ads in that time. One of the quirkier and more engaging of new acts, Noir has bent the genres a bit by mixing up elements of Psychedelia, Indie, Alternative, Retro and Brit-Pop into a savory mixture of great material. And since he’s got really no one to answer to except his audience (he’s been steering clear of going the mainstream route in favor of doing it himself and doing it on a subscription basis with fans), he’s been able to experiment a lot and the results have been positive.
And certainly more evidence the music business has changed significantly in recent years.
And if you like the preview of coming attractions – click on the photo below to get Jim Noir’s new album:
Thousand Yard Stare – from “Most Promising Future” to “lost in the shuffle”.
In case you haven’t noticed, there is no Glastonbury Festival this year. Reports are, organizers are giving the grounds a rest. Other reports are the upcoming Olympics made the annual festival impossible to pull off. And still other reports had a drastic shortage of Porta-Potties, since the Olympics had most of them. My vote would be with the Porta-Potties.
But in any event, as a sort of homage to the Festival-that-isn’t this year, I thought I would run a few tracks from bands who were prominently featured at the 1992 Glastonbury Festival, some 20 years ago.
Tonight it’s a band who were celebrated in the British Press as having the most promising career. Thousand Yard Stare fell into a kind of nether-world category; not quite part of the Brit-Pop revival, not part of the Madchester Scene and not really identifying with the Shoegaze movement. They more or less blazed a trail of their own, even though one of their first producers was the now-legendary Stephen Street (who gave us The Smiths, Blue, The Real People and a host of others). They had good material, but the audience was slow to react. And they went from Most Promising to Highly Overlooked in the big picture of Rock in the 90’s.
This track, Seasonstream, was recorded at Glasto on June 27th, 1992 and was briefly issued as part of a 2-CD fundraiser set for Greenpeace. I’ll be running more tracks from Glasto ’92 over the next few days.