Mainstream rock lost a lot in the late '90s and early 2000s, and amongst the many casualties were the female-fronted rock bands of the mid-'90s. Maybe Alanis Morissette made theJennifer Trynins, Veruca Salts, and, specifically, that dog.s of the world commercially invalid. But Anna, the debut solo record from former that dog. frontwoman Anna Waronker, is proof that this phenomenon wasn't due to a lack of talent. Fresh off of notable production work on Imperial Teen's On, Waronker has returned with set of three-minute pop songs shrouded in a (tidy) layer of feedback. And like on the three that dog. records, Waronker's songwriting sticks, whether it's on new wavey power pop like "All for You" and "I Wish You Well" or on any of the album's few more melancholy ballads. That means Anna is nothing revolutionary, of course, and that dog. fans have certainly heard this before. But that same audience will most likely want to hear it again, as will anyone who believes female rockers don't need to choose between being a folky riot grrrl (Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams) or a mainstream maven (Meredith Brooks, Sheryl Crow).
Okay, here it is (finally), The new American Dog CD, sorry about the wait but after our guitarist Steve got run over by a car in January, we had a couple of months down, I guess two shattered knees, a cracked pelvic bone, a broken ankle, a broken leg, one cracked rib, and a concussion is enouh to knock anybody's dick in the dirt, but as soon as he healed up a little we went into the studio to record the bastard? It's the "real" thing of course there's no click tracks or drum machines hell we didn't even wear headphones most of the time! We're pretty damn proud of this slab o' rock even with one guy in the wheelchair it still kicks like a mule! - Michael Hannon
This new CD from Metro, “America In My Head,” was originally titled "The Future Imperfect" and was released only in Germany until now as an exclusive to CoolCDs.com. The CD features 2 singles including Gemini and America In My Head which became a bit of an underground hit.
Metro debuted in 1976 with their self-titled album which was distributed in the U.S. by Sire Records in 1977. They briefly changed their name to Public Zone and released a single with the Police’s Stewart Copeland on drums. Copeland was asked to become a permanent member of the band, but he decided to remain with the Police. Peter Godwin provides his signature vocals. After Metro recorded “New Love” in 1979 and “Future Imperfect” a year later, they broke up. Peter Godwin went on to reach new heights of success with his hits "Images of Heaven" and "Baby's In The Mountains" (available on "Images of Heaven - The Best of Peter Godwin").
Check out Peter's latest project Nuevo "Sunset Rise" at nuevomusic.com!
1. Going Up In Flames
3. The Promise
4. Exterminating Angels
5. The Face
6. America In My Head
8. Middle of the Night
9. Making You Up
America In My Head (7 Inch Version)
America In My Head (12 Inch Version)
America In My Head (Dance Mix)
Fronted by Kim Shattuck on vocals and guitar and backed by bassist Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald on drums, the Muffs blend simple and melodic riffs and tight rhythms with aggressive and spontaneous rock. With this mixture they have created 17 hook-happy power-pop tunes that could easily be their best effort so far. If you're a Muffs fan (and who isn't) "Really Really Happy" is a must have CD.
A Little Luxury
Really Really Happy
Everybody Loves You
Don't Pick On Me
And I Go Pow
My Lucky Day
How I Pass The Time
I'm Here I'm Not
The Whole World
My Awful Dream
By My Side
Oh Poor You
The Story Of Me
Excerpt from AllMusic.com review by Mark Deming
It's certainly good to know that Kim Shattuck and her partners in pop-punk, the Muffs, are still at it 11 years after dropping their first long-player (particularly since the sainted and not dissimilar Fastbacks have called it a career), and 2004's Really Really Happy shows that she's held on to the virtues that made her (and her band) lots of fun in the first place. Shattuck still has a great ear for guitar hooks, can play 'em with an admirable sense of chunky economy, and writes lyrics that blend an overgrown teenager's sense of snooty goofiness (or goofy snottiness) without shortchanging the relationship stuff that's usually the province of us grown-ups...
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