REVERSE: Glance Sideways (The Complete Reverse): CD

Nov 16, 2010

Question: What’s worse than wanting to become a famous musician and failing? Answer: Wanting to become a famous musician, failing, and then releasing a complete discography documenting that failure. Welcome to the logic behind this CD. Fun fact: Reverse used to be called Reverse Jam, according to one of the most boring band histories ever included in a lackluster post-band-break-up discography. Not so fun fact: they sound like a crappy alternative band. Seeking more information, I consulted a photo collage of reviews included on that piece of paper behind the CD. (Question: What is that called? Answer: Who cares?) Point being, you’re not really supposed to/expected to look more closely at it. That’s the only explanation I can think of for including the following newspaper article from 1995. The article’s headline, “Looking to Reverse the trend,” is both upbeat and stupid. But on a much, much closer glance, you can read about how music writer Steve Tilley thought that Reverse was about to make its big break, and about how the guitarist told him, “We want worldwide fame, seriously, to become as big as possible, as far as it is possible for us to go.” If this were a cereal, it’d be one of those cases of individual-sample-sized cereal boxes containing Temptations French Vanilla Cereal and other failed ventures.

 –maddy (Damaged Goods/SP, [email protected])