Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saying Goodbye to 2008 with Crackerbash

If there is a musical genre that has been more bastardized by amazingly wretched bands than grunge, it’s probably Emo. While we never flew the Emo flag or anything, we will proudly stand by some of the earlier, landmark emo bands. Rites of Spring? Still love them. Moss Icon? Sure, they had their moments. Antioch Arrow? Um, actually those guys were a bit ridiculous. And then there was Portland’s Crackerbash. Easily one of the greatest live bands to come out of Portland during the early 90s, Crackerbash obviously owed part of their abrasive pop-punk sound to the Revolutionary Summer bands (and the Wipers and SST bands), but they shouldn’t be seen as a precursor to today’s truly bizarre "emo" scene. But we are not here to knock the youth of today, ladies and germs. No, if they want to do this sorta shit, that’s fine with us. Instead, we are here to raise our glasses to Crackerbash and say, "Those guys were pretty good! You should check them out!"

Formed in 1989 by Hellcows guitarist Sean Croghan, bassist Scott Fox, and drummer Doug Nash, the band made their vinyl debut a year later with the sorta poorly mixed "Bike" b/w "Laughing Song" 7” on Audio Addict Records. Moving to Imp Records (Calamity Jane, Jackie O-Motherfucker) and handing over the drum stool to Ted Miller and the recording responsibility to Drew Canulette at Dog Fish Studios, their second single, "Holiday," sounded much, much better and showcased better songs.

By then, word on the street was that Crackerbash was a shit-hot live band, and Seattle’s Empty Records snapped them up for a couple records. Like Chapel Hill, Portland was set to become the next Seattle, and Crackerbash, Hazel, Sprinkler, Pond, and Heatmiser led the way. Of course, history can be a huge, unruly asshole, and the fact that Everclear was the sole platinum seller from that bunch is further proof.

The self-titled full-length and "Jasper" 7” came out around 1992, and while good, they didn’t fully capture the band’s live energy. Sub Pop made the band’s "Nov 1" b/w "Halloween Candy" (a Spinanes cover) the August 1992 Single of the Month, sandwiching Crackerbash between Codeine and the Mono Men. (Hopefully, you didn’t snooze when it was time to subscribe to Sub Pop's current series.)

Now for my money, the records that Crackerbash recorded with Kurt Bloch were their best. The Working Holidays September split single with Jawbox on Simple Machines Records and the Tin Top EP might be their loudest records and sound closest to their live show. Like all good punk bands, the band burned out early and broke up around 1994. Humble Records released a live 7” of their last show at La Luna; it may or may not be a boot.

Since this is the Holiday Season and we are crunk on spiked eggnog, we are including some odds and ends in the download file. “Your Gate” came from the Empty Sampler 2, and “Head Like A Weedeater” came from C/Z’s Teriyaki Asthma Vol 9, which also featured Trashcan School, Stymie, and Canada’s Superconductor. We should probably add that Superconductor contributed a decent version of the La’s “There She Goes” to this record that should (we hope) help you erase the horrid memory of the Sixpence None the Richer version. Sixpence None the Richer, if you are reading this, we are still waiting for your apology.

Anyhow, “The World According to Nouns" is a Minutemen cover that you can find on Little Brother's Our Band Can Be Your Life tribute compilation. Hazel, Treepeople, Unwound, Thurston Moore (of course), and a ton of other cool names also appeared on this record, so go track it down.

After Crackerbash exploded, Sean fronted the short-lived Jr High, who recorded a single and full-length for Empty Records before calling it a day. He did some solo stuff, which I don’t remember ever hearing, and now sings for Rapids. Scott joined up with Calamity Jane singer Gilly Anne Hammer for Starpower before reuniting with Ted in the cool instrumental band, Satan’s Pilgrims. Crackerbash did a few reunion shows over the years, and you can visit here to buy their live DVD.

And with this, we bid adieu with 2008. We hope your year was filled with grunge goodness and that St Nick left you those Cat Butt and Dickless All-Stars singles in your flannel stockings. Happy Holidays!

Get the zip of these tunes here.

"Bike" b/w "Laughing Song"

Holiday 7"

"Walk Back" b/w "Holiday" "All Work"

Jasper 7"

"Jasper" b/w "Aluminum Siding" "Leaving"

"Nov 1" b/w "Halloween Candy"

Working Holidays September

"Back to School"b/w Jawbox "Falk"

"Your Gate"

"Head Like a Weedeater"

"The World According to Nouns"

- Santa Tom

21 comments:

My Hairspray Queen said...

I think I'm gonna take a break too..but i'm gonna post something this week, and come back after the holidays.
Thanks for the songs, I did a post about Crackerbash three weeks ago
http://myhairsprayqueen.blogspot.com/

AT said...

Your taste is impeccable, sir. Thanks for these amazing Crackerbash tunes. I have them all on vinyl, but I'm stoked to now be able to add them to my iPod.

As a former member of STYMIE, I was stoked to be on that Teriyaki Asthma 7" with Crackerbash and Superconductor, who we became pals with and played other shows with.

AT

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this! I never understood what exactly Emo is? The stuff I heard some years ago when Emo was the "in thing" didn't sound anything like the bands from the 1980's who they were supposedly influenced by (and who were infinitely better). Didn't sound experimental and was really whiny - annoying stuff.

Matt said...

This blog is so rad. Keep it up.
-Matt

www.dreamtard.com

maxr said...

Hey have a good break!

Anonymous said...

Hi, someone in Wasginton, buy this piece of vinyl and send the digital songs to me if you like,...

it's the band where Jonathan poneman played in,..., I realy want to hear that shit,...

cheers

http://cgi.benl.ebay.be/TREECLIMBERS-1985-SEATTLE-w-J-PONEMAN-SUB-POP-SHRINK_W0QQitemZ250348223109QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMusic_on_Vinyl?hash=item250348223109&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1399%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

jay m. said...

I have Crackerbash's "Back to School" on my ipod. Every time it comes on the stereo, my wife suggests that maybe we should find something different to listen a little slower/quieter to listen to.

Crackerbash was probably the best Portland band of that early/mid 1990s era. Pond and Hazel and the like were good...but nowhere near as good. The Spinanes and the New Bad Things were other notable fantastic bands.

Have you kids done a post all about Portland? Probably. And what about the band Kreviss?

And I admit that I might have been excessively emo back in the day. Sorry about that. Please don't hold it against me.

andypWXJM said...

Crackerbash got plenty of play on my college radio show (that no one listened to) and I have been scouring the net for a copy of Aluminum Siding to throw on my iPod. THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows anything links london about jewelry understands the hierarchy of precious links of london bracelet metals with platinum being atop it. links of london charms While many people pine for gold, platinum is more highly prized
links of london watches by the informed. Platinum is an extremely rare, links of london rings even more so then gold which in part the reason links of london necklaces why it is considered superior.

yezi said...

As I write this post—longhandOffice 2010in a spiral notebook—I’m 20,000 feet above eastern Washington, having Microsoft Office 2010just crossed above the Cascades on my return flight Microsoft wordto Chicago. I visited Seattle for the weekend to Office 2007and I have known each other for 20 years now. They Microsoft Officehad a lovely ceremony, and the trip in general was fantastic.Microsoft Office 2007In the 13 years since I left Seattle, I’ve Office 2007 keyvisited six or seven times, and I always return to wherever has Office 2007 downloadOffice 2007 Professionalbecome home with mixed feelings about the place. It Outlook 2010both alarms and pleases me to see howMicrosoft outlookthat once-familiar areas seem almost foreign. ForMicrosoft outlook 2010neighborhoods have changed, to the point Windows 7 as have cookie-cutter, here-today-and-gone-tomorrow nightclubs that cater to the shiny shirt crowd.

aa said...

As I write this post—longhandOffice 2010in a spiral notebook—I’m 20,000 feet above eastern Washington, having Microsoft Office 2010just crossed above the Cascades on my return flight Microsoft wordto Chicago. I visited Seattle for the weekend to Office 2007and I have known each other for 20 years now. They Microsoft Officehad a lovely ceremony, and the trip in general was fantastic.Microsoft Office 2007In the 13 years since I left Seattle, I’ve Office 2007 keyvisited six or seven times, and I always return to wherever has Office 2007 downloadOffice 2007 Professionalbecome home with mixed feelings about the place. It Outlook 2010both alarms and pleases me to see howMicrosoft outlookthat once-familiar areas seem almost foreign. ForMicrosoft outlook 2010neighborhoods have changed, to the point Windows 7 as have cookie-cutter, here-today-and-gone-tomorrow nightclubs that cater to the shiny shirt crowd.

Windows 7 Key said...

Recently i find a website that sell,Windows 7 Activation Key it makes me think i'm so Office 2010 Activation Key lucky a person. Compared with the Office 2007 Activation Key other sites i had bought Keys before, Windows 7 Keygen this one may be more welcomed Office 2010 Keygen by people in my opinion. For the website Office 2007 Keygen looks brief and the products are good Windows 7 Generator and genuine. Furthermore, it is professional and you can feel the warm-heart Office 2010 Generator of the service there. They will Windows 7 Upgrade help you solve the Office 2007 Generator problems you have patiently both Office 2010 Upgrade before and after. The delivery of Office 2007 Upgrade the products is very fast and you needn't worry Windows 7 Product Key about it. The most important is that the price on the web is Office 2010 Product Key reasonable, and you will be always have discounts, it is most Windows 7 Key attractive for me. If you're interested in this website, Office 2010 Key you can go and have a look.

Cerita Seks said...

CERITA SEKS

Bob_Alfredo said...

I read your post and it was amazing , KEEP IT, great job.


Internet Marketing

Admin said...

Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is great, let alone the content!

Buy A Ready-Made Logo

Application development facebook said...

Thanks for your great post.I like this very much, please write more about these,wait for your update

Ad min said...

I have been really glad after reading this blog as the knowledge which has been given via this blog is simply tremendous.
Free Fun Apps

david Rice said...

I like your awesome and briefing information's and i was looking for these types of knowledge.

Dissertation Writing

Custom Thesis Writing said...

Good stuff. It is interesting to read comments.Custom Thesis Writing

Online Shopping in Karachi said...

I have found this article very exciting. Do you have any others on this topic? I am also sending it to my friend to enjoy your writing style. Thanks
Online Shopping in Karachi

Coupon Blues said...

I agree with most of the points you make within this content. Amazon Promo Codes
American Eagle Promo Code
AutoZone Coupons
Barnes & Noble Coupon Code
Barneys Warehouse Coupons
bebe Coupon Codes
Bed Bath and Beyond Coupon
Best Buy Coupons
Bluefly Coupon Codes
Groupon Promo Codes
Haggar Coupons
JcPenney Coupons
Kohls Coupons
Light In The Box Coupons
Macy's Coupon
Next Day Flyers Coupon Codes
Overstock Promo Codes
Sears Coupons
SmartBargains Coupons
Target Promo Codes
Walmart Coupon Codes
Woot Coupon Codes