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1 - FLOP - AND THE FALL OF THE MOPSQUEEZERS - (CD) 
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More than most outside the city would have realized in the early '90s, Seattle's music scene was all over the place, as this delightfully brash and fun debut album shows. Like a more punk-edged Cheap Trick, FLOP takes pop hooks and loud riffs to the masses with good humor and energetic playing. With production mostly by Young Fresh Fellows/Fastbacks guru Kurt Bloch, who obviously knew a good time when he saw it, Mopsqueezer skips from one highlight to the next, including THE KINKS' "Big Sky". There's as much metal riffing as melody at play on Mopsqueezer, it's just that the latter always keeps the former in check.


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 31-10-2015
Item # : 482050     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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2 - FLOP - WORLD OF TODAY - (CD) 
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Returning fully to Frontier Records after Whenever You're Ready was deemed a commercial failure by Sony, FLOP wrapped up its short but sweet existence with one more great record. World of Today stints neither on the hooks nor the blasting power, and with Kurt Bloch again doing the production, all is more than well. If Willoughby sounds a touch brusquer at points than before, especially in comparison to Whenever You're Ready, it's in the service of engagingly pumping it up and blowing down the door. Though FLOP really never changed from start to end in terms of what it did, it did it well, and more often than not Willoughby's sly lyrics pack in a lot in a short amount of space. "Waste of Space" is a good example from World of Today, capturing a situation of emotional frustration smartly: "Complain in a word or two but never action/Wasted is the useless space I occupy/Worried that my heart will never be satisfied." As before, pop smarts also covers accomplished musicianship; more than once the quartet creates a rock-out din that could easily match any of the big Seattle names of the early '90s. Perhaps Willoughby just needed to sing gruffly instead of sunnily about his pain. Subtlety in the music is never far away either -- the acoustic breakdown and distanced vocal echo in the middle of "April Ate Our World" or the prominent, lovely surfy twang in "Around." The group also makes a neat nod to the past via a rollicking cover of THE MOVE's "Yellow Rainbow." With this as an epitaph, FLOP shows it deserved far more attention than most of the other less-deserving bands that did.


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 31-10-2015
Item # : 482051     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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