Back in the mid-nineties I really, really loved Madder Rose. Still do in fact, on the odd occasion I actually get around to remembering how great they were. In a lot of ways they were my Velvet Underground. Which is weird as I bloody hate the Velvet Underground. Anyway, this is magic:
Madder Rose - Madder Rose mp3
Mildly Interesting Pop Fact: This song was later re-recorded and re-christened Swim. It's a bit different. Look!
Panic On may well be my favourite Madder Rose song of all though. They even got around to making a proper promo video for this one.
Oh! And Car Song is absolutely wonderful.
In fact, you can't really go wrong with either of the band's first two long players, 1993's Bring It Down and '94's Panic On, which are two of the best albums of the nineties, for me. The two later albums, Tragic Magic (1997) and Hello June Fool (1999), are a bit trippier and more noodly and slightly less accessible, but are well worth checking out nonetheless. Then there's singer Mary Lorson's subsequent solo project Saint Low, but I think we'll leave that for another day. (What with all the Twittering I've been doing of late, if I have to write anything over 140 characters in length it feels like blinking War & Peace all of a sudden. Must try harder.)
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