Tag Archives: You Turn Me On

Azerrad – Our Band Could Be Your Life

17 May

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad

Our Band Could Be Your Life is probably the most compelling book on music that I’ve read since Simon Reynolds’ Rip it Up and Start Again.  Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad was the first to sing the praises of an era of music largely overlooked: the American independent scene from 1981-1991.  Our Band Could Be Your Life documents thirteen bands in particular: Black Flag, The Minutemen, Mission of Burma, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Continue reading

Indie Canon Inductee: Beat Happening

29 Nov

For anybody that knows me, this should come as no surprise.  I’m wearing a god damn Beat Happening t shirt as I write this.  I stumbled upon Beat Happening in 2005 when I was looking at some rando’s list of the best albums of the 1990’s.  Since then, they have become my most listened to artist.

Beat Happening has been an indie rock staple for the past 25 years and had an enormous impact on their musical peers.  They took a typical rock song and boiled it down to its bare essentials: no bass, no overproduction, no complicated solos (most Beat Happening songs are only three or four chords).  The band, which formed in 1983 Continue reading

Beat Happening – You Turn Me On

28 Aug

You Turn Me On by Beat Happening (1992)

I figured I would start the music reviews with a bang (a bang of an album that is…hopefully the review is passable).

You Turn Me On is one of my favorite albums by Beat Happening, one of my favorite artists.  It is Beat Happening’s fifth and final album.  It is also a sonic departure from Beat Happenings earlier repertoire of two-minute, lo-fi, twee-ful pop diddies.  In fact, there isn’t a song under three minutes on the album. Continue reading