I remember owning this record at some point largely thanks to the track ‘Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)‘ which is just as hip and scathing as it was back in 1992), but where it eventually got to is another question entirely. I’m just t was lifted during a dorm part in my freshman year at the University of Waterloo. I hope whoever owns it now appreciates it as I did.
I also remember digging the album cover, and incorrectly thought (as other had) that the album was actually called ‘Brand‘.
After college-radio faves Camper Van Beethoven’s 1990 breakup, frontman David Lowery moved from California to Virginia and whittled his music down to its pickup-truck-rock roots. This more basic approach hardly affected Lowery’s piss-and-vinegar stance (witness the singles ‘Teen Angst‘, ‘Can I Take My Gun to Heaven?‘, and ‘Don’t Fuck Me Up [with Peace and Love]‘) which, coincidentally, is the same piss and vinegar I’m hoping to bring to this afternoon’s workout.
But aside from Lowery’s tendency to slip in some smug, self-serving lyrics, the bands debut is actually a terrific rock & roll record, full of energetic three-chord basher’s and surprisingly moving ballads.
Of course, the big hit (‘Teen Angst‘) is hard to beat but ‘Mr. Wrong‘ is still funny down to the last word and ‘Another Song About The Rain‘ is still wonderfully epic. It also has some songs that are criminally underrated, even by Cracker fans; take a listen to ‘Someday‘ and ‘Satisfy You‘ and you’ll know what I mean. Some of the groups really distinct songs are here as well, like ‘Dr. Bernice‘ and ‘St. Cajetan‘ (which is, like, awesome!). Really, like it’s follow up that I listened to this past Thursday, it’s nearly a flawless record all the way through making for a goo spirited He-Man session this afternoon with the heavy iron.