The Vaselines' leader, Eugene Kelly, formed a new band (called Eugenius) that got plenty of attention due to Kurt Cobain's cheerleading for the band. Well, for the Vaselines, anyway. At any rate, that's how I ended up with this album (Oomalama). And, well, it's fine. It's power pop, and plenty tuneful, but hard to get too excited about.
Sloan, "Before I Do"
Meanwhile, if you're going to listen to power pop, you might as well just listen to Sloan instead. You can't wave your hands without hitting a "they should have been big!" profile of Sloan, so I'll save the space here. I'm not Canadian, so I'm not legally allowed to write that story anyway. Twice Removed is fantastic, anyway.
Need some Matthew Sweet now.
The Valentine Six, "Thin Red Line"
I don't know a whole lot about the Valentine Six. I'm willing to bet I said the same thing last time they came up. [checks] Apparently they haven't come up before. Anyway! The whisky-soaked vocals and smoky sax is clearly trying to evoke a noir-ish atmosphere, recalling Tom Waits and otherwise trying to be tough. I dunno, it's at least a change of pace.
The Flaming Lips, "Mr. Ambulance Driver"
The emotional center of At War With The Mystics, this isn't the best song on the album, but with the sirens and the lyrics, it stands out a bit from the rest of the record as being a more human tune. By this point in their career, they'd gotten pretty abstract with a lot of their songs.
Murs, "No More Control"
Look, sometimes I don't have much to say. Often. Whatever!