HAT MADDER, THE: Orgy Opposite: LP

Wish I could hop in the DeLorean and rev that sucker up to eighty-eight mph with this guy in my pocket. In 1994, this thing’d set off a bidding war between major labels all hungry for the next big whatever. They’d sign for a billion dollars, get a video into steady 120 Minutes rotation, have a song on the Empire Records/Mallrats/High Fidelity soundtrack, develop drug problems (uh, they probably already have those—BIGGER drug problems!), break up, and slip into obscurity, waiting to be discovered in the bargain bin down at the local record emporium. (Or at least on one of them mp3 blogs, anyhow.) These days, they can’t even aspire to that level of obscurity. Damned shame, really, cause this is a fine piece of vaguely grungy, semi-new wavey, (there’s keyboards, and I know these dudes love Devo) pop-rock goodness that ain’t gonna get heard by but a handful’ve people. “White Tornado” is catchy as shit and deserves to play over a scene where John Cusack is walkin’ around lamenting some lost love or some lovable scamps save the record store from closing, all while learning valuable lessons about life and fightin’ the man.

 –Ryan Horky (Good Time Gang, gtgrecords.net)