Buried Treasures: ALF, The Verve Pipe, Soul Asylum, God Forbid
I listened to the latest All The Remains album. I cannot believe this is the same band that released This Darkened Heart and The Fall of Ideals. The under 18 crowd must rejoice. If you no longer bring a lunchbox to school, it’s time to move on. All That Remains 2012 isn’t for you. This buried treasure is a lunchbox. I brought this with me to school during my early grade school days. ALF, at that time, was king.
At the height of their popularity in the mid-90’s, I saw Soul Asylum headline Jones Beach. A few years later, I saw them headline at Tramps. And they didn’t headline Tramps by choice, but by necessity. Talk about frustrated incorporated. “Somebody To Shove” leads Grave Dancer’s Union. While “Runaway Train” is the one that’s remembered, “Somebody To Shove” and “Black Gold” are the top two tracks.
I saw the Verve Pipe live in, I want to say 1997. Irving Plaza. Touring in support of Villains. If memory serves me correct, “Photograph” was the lead single and being played on radio. I’m not even sure if “The Freshmen” even took mainstream shape yet. At the time, it was the victim of saturation. The rock stations, adult contemporary, top 40, etc. I remember being in NYC and it was on K-Rock, then WPLJ (95.5), then Z100. The song was unavoidable. Revisited years later, I realized it’s a masterpiece. Excellent writing, competent composition. Truly one of the best songs from the 90’s.
“Scraping The Walls” is a standout track from God Forbid’s latest release, Equilibrium. Unfortunately, “Don’t Tell Me What To Dream” is the only song most people know from the record. I’m not entirely sure why or how Century Media decided to run with that one. *The audio on this is a bit choppy, but it’s the only one out there.