Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Embarrassment - Heyday (1979 - 1983)

Call me trite, but whenever i see the words "the best band you never heard of" I am instantly sold.

Reasons for this band being note-worthy:
1.They borrow the name from the novel Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut (one of my all-time favorite authors).
2. They shared the stage with none other than Iggy Pop, William S. Burroughs & John Cale.
3. They were one of the original bands in the now seminal record label Sub-Pop.
4. They're rocking the thick rimmed glasses way before it became the norm.
5.They draw influences from all the right places, amongst them: The Feelies, Mission of Burma & Gang of Four.

This whammy of a double record spans their 4 year career.

still not scurrying to find the download link?

"It's hard to say the Embarrassment were ahead of their time: they were OF their time, as soundly and fundamentally as a band can be."

one & two.

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't heard of them.
    Listening to their albums on Rhapsody right now (all of them are available)...they remind me of Cheap Trick more than Gang of Four/mission of bhurma...not that there's anything wrong with that.