Song of the Day: March 25, 2014
Veruca Salt, “Fly”
Every so often, I’ll dive back into the stacks and just totally obsess over an old album, or a group that I’ve forgotten about for whatever reason. Chicago’s Veruca Salt — its name cribbed from the bratty Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character, its loud/soft steez an amalgam of other, cooler contemporaneous bands (guitar fuzz borrowed from the Pumpkins, vocals/harmonies/tough-chick personas taken nearly wholesale from Kim Deal’s Breeders) — is one of those bands, and American Thighs is one of those albums.
So for those of you who never cared if they were “cool” (they were; just check out this Louise Post-penned deep track from their debut, as compelling a mix of sad, moody and weird as the ’90s was capable of producing), or if they “sold out” (their second album kinda did, but hey, so did Liz Phair’s), or if their inevitable split proved the most dramatic rock soap opera since the breakups of Fleetwood Mac or Husker Du (essentially Post and her running mate Nina Gordon didn’t do much talking for about 14 years), I have news: Record Store Day is April 19th, and Veruca Salt will release a limited edition 10-inch for the occasion: two brand-new songs (from the forthcoming album!), plus a b-side 20th-anniversary take on “Seether” for old time’s sake (producer Brad Wood is back on board, and Minty Fresh is releasing it, just like the first go-round).
Twice bitten, twice baked. I, for one, am stoked. Fly me. (CdB)