Saturday, 2 April 2011

#473 - "You'd Prefer An Astronaut" - Hum

Released On:  RCA, 1995

Hum traded in the same sort of big-rock touchstones that the Smashing Pumpkins did in their heyday:  huge-sounding distorted guitars, slamming drums, post-Hendrixian song structures.  What made Hum different was that they eschewed the nasal guitar heroics and concentrated on punching up their songs with aggro chording. Topped off with vocalist Matt Talbott's laid-back, heartfelt tone, it makes for a serene, intriguing version of the grunge we grew up with.  You'd Prefer An Astronaut actually kicked out a hit single, "Stars", and subsequently toured with Bush and the Toadies.  Neither of these, it should be noted, did anything for their career; their next album, the sublime Downward Is Heavenward sold a scant 38 000 copies in two years and RCA dropped them like a ticking bomb.

Where You'd Know It From:  "Stars", their lone hit.

Track Listing:
1.  Little Dipper (4:45)
2.  The Pod (2:38)
3.  Stars (5:09)
4.  Suicide Machine (5:58)
5.  The Very Old Man (2:45)
6.  Why I Like The Robins (4:58)
7.  I'd Like Your Hair Long (5:25)
8.  I Hate It Too (5:59)
9.  Songs Of Farewell And Departure (6:16)


("The Pod")

("Songs Of Farewell And Departure")

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