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Yes, some more 90's nostalgia from your pal Tony. Has there really been much 90's nostalgia? I remember the 70's being celebrated and revisited a lot towards the last half of the 80's, and the loving lookback to 80's music seemed to begin before the 80's were even finished. I blame the death of Top 40 radio as a medium that the masses listened to, and the compartmentalization of popular music into format-based radio stations. Most of the really cool music from the 90's never got a sniff of radio play (though Nirvana is one obvious exception,) and many people didn't have to hear the types of "hit" music that wasn't played on their niche stations. I believe this began the trend towards further personalization of people's tastes and listening habits, and certainly had to have something to do with there not being an easy way to even divide up 90's music for compilations. Hell, nowadays it seems people barely listen to albums as a whole anymore, with the tendency to hit shuffle on their media player and let your own personal Jack run rampant.

Oh yeah, this 7"! I first heard these guys when a friend of mine put Grape Juice Plus on a mixtape. First off, that's a great fucking song title. A reference from the third Planet of the Apes film? SOLD. And it turned out to be one of my favorite songs ever. So of course this single was immediately hunted down and ensnared like a human.

The basic evolution for the very short lived Cupid Car Club is that they were the band after Nation of Ulysses and before The Make-Up. Although this came out on Kill Rock Stars, this single has the Dischord stamp all over it, as Nation of Ulysses was a Dischord band, and these 4 songs were recorded by Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Guy Picciotto. Now that that that's what I've been waiting for.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007 2:06:00 PM

As much as I loved The Make-Up, and I did love them, The Cupid Car Club had a true, unrealized potential. I think it may have something to do with bass player Kim Thompson. She seemed to be in a lot of bands for the short term (CCC, Skull Kontrol, Delta 72), maybe she's hard to work with. Creatively restless?

Agreed, one of the best one offs of the nineties.
I had just seen Lars Von Trier's 'Zentropa' when this came out, adding some deep meaning to their concept of 'WEREWOLVES' (as written in the liner notes on this single or their lone comp track 'MP Skulkers'!!

As ever, this crew was often too smart (and hilarious), for their own good.    

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 8:14:00 AM

I was going to put up the MP Skulkers track, but I couldn't find my copy of the KRS comp it was on.

I'm sure Kim was the resident vamp when she was in the Delta 72. I don't know who filled that role when I saw them (with Brainiac and U.S. Maple [!!]), but it seemed like you'd need some attitude to play that role.    

Monday, August 11, 2008 7:50:00 PM

ugh — can't believe i missed this one... any chance of a re-up? i'd be incredibly indebted!! thanks for the supreme robotics! —R    

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