Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Veruca Salt

Veruca Salt - "Benjamin"

Why can I not stop listening to this song? Nina Gordon's voice is just so pretty.

Upon finding an unopened 180 gram vinyl version of Veruca Salt's 1997 album, "Eight Arms To Hold You", a few months ago for only 5 dollars, I began to rediscover how amazing this album really is. The melodies are so pop and the production is so big, loud, brutal, melodic, light, and beautiful at the same time. It's really quite timeless. It is produced by Bob Rock who is best know for his work with Metallica and I really commend Nina & Louise for going with such an 80s metal producer when it was kind of un-hip to do so. It was the post-grunge era and they took a big step towards creating a new sound for alternative rock that, however, really didn't catch on. The 90s was all about sounding "raw" like it was the most important thing ever. whatever.

Veruca Salt was an important band in the history of rock and, like many bands from this era, I don't know if they will ever get the recognition they deserve as they were never very critically acclaimed. They were a bit too commercial for the indie crowd and too indie for the commercial crowd. Gays loved them though and as this album was so iconic to our generation, I think someone will bring some praise back to this band. Gays always know best.

They were also quite fashion-forward. Check out the Volcano Girls and Shutterbug videos.