on 9 October 2011
"Here I am, what a loser, waiting for years to go by" from Call Me, off their debut, pretty well sums up Throwing Muses career. Always on the sidelines, overshadowed by their more radio friendly peers. Embraced by a fanatical fanbase, who have funded the bands recording time for a new album in 2012, and credited as an inspiration by the likes of Radiohead, Throwing Muses are an enigma.
This compilation picks over the 25 years since the original s/t debut, not in any chronological order, but simply by skittering across the years, plucking songs from all their records, avoiding the obvious singles (which were often released to placate their US label, blind to their true worth, trying to sell them as a cute girl band) This is a stroke of genius by the band, as it showcases the sheer consistency and brilliance of the songs over a sustained period. Tracks from their last studio album in 2003, sit alongside those from the 1986 debut and the mid nineties college classic, University, and if you can tell which are which, you already know this band.
Like their former labelmates, Pixies, the unique songwriting, relentless energy and pure unadulterated quality shine through. These remastered versions lift the originals to a new height revealing how well written and performed the songs are.
Honestly, nobody on earth sound like Throwing Muses, especially on their first three or four releases. They stand up against anything the alternative scene can offer, and in most cases shine an embarassingly bright light on the lacklustre efforts of todays "indie" scenesters.
Long overdue the recognitition they deserve, grab this while you can, because if one thing is certain, it won't be available in any quantity for long. This is an excellent introduction to the band, sampling their entire career, but don't expect instant gratification. Anything this good makes you work for it, and as always , the effort is rewarded as you will have discovered THE most underated band on the planet. 25 years, still vibrant, still vital.
on 17 October 2011
YOU'VE probably never heard of Throwing Muses and are wondering if you should take a chance on this - trust me, it's money well spent. Started at age 14 by Kristin Hersh (who you *might* know), the Muses were one of the seminal bands of the 80s/90s, and recently reformed.
However, this whole package is amazing, from the first disc containing tracks the band chose themselves, to the second disc full of rare b-sides, the essays, artwork, book and case. It's just a brilliant piece of work.
Fans will already have this (and if not, buy it now) but others should also give it a go because Throwing Muses deserve to be heard by a wider audience.