Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Tuesday Blues!! Grant Lee Buffalo - Jupiter & Teardrop

Grant Lee Buffalo - Jupiter & Teardrop (1993)  


1993 was a great year for music. Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, Smashing Pumpkins, The Lemonheads, Nirvana, the list goes on and on, but one band really grabbed me, They were Grant Lee Buffalo. A three piece from Los Angeles, they released four albums between 1993 & 1998. I adored their debut 'Fuzzy', songs like 'The Shining Hour','Fuzzy' and 'Jupiter and Teardrop' - you should pick it up if you can! 


 
It wasn't just the songs that appealed to me - it was their 'sound' - as in many ways they were the band that I wanted to be in. Step back 20 years and I was in bands, playing gigs in small clubs, Universities and trying to be the next "Manics" in the South Wales music scene. We were always looking for the next sound - which meant copying the latest bands from the NME. (Ironically this meant you were actually one step behind.)  


I loved how singer Grant Lee Phillips played his 12 string acoustic guitar through a overdrive distortion pedal, and we wrote a number of songs that would utilise this technique. We recorded a few demo's and played a few record company sessions but unfortunately they saw right through us and a deal was never struck. We eventually disbanded and all went on to get day jobs and suppressed our rock star fantasies - I've only recently given up skinny jeans. Nevertheless being part of this scene did allow us to meet a few other bands, one of which did get the magical record deal - one being a band from Cwmaman called "The Tragic Love Company" they signed with V2 and ended up calling themselves the Stereophonics. 


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19 June 2012 at 09:25

Great post and great track...it is never too late...maybe we can form the Tune Doctor House Band....aim for that xmas #1 and we can all sit back

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19 June 2012 at 11:17

Bitter sweet post pal. I never realised how much Grant Lee Buffalo had an influence on you during your rock star days. 'Jupiter and Teardrop' and 'Fuzzy', both of which are fantastic tracks, unfortunately reminds me of doing my A-levels which weren't particularly pleasant.

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19 June 2012 at 23:55

Underrated band. Nice choice.

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20 June 2012 at 09:08

The loudest 'acoustic' band I ever saw. All their albums were good, but 'Fuzzy' just seemed to come out of nowhere at the time. Great stuff.

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