28 January 2009

MM Vol 2 - 117 - New Radicals


MM Vol 2 #117

New Radicals

"You Get What You Give"

(1998)
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Genre: Alt Pop
Tattoo's, I love em. I even made a nice video once about "Ode to skin art" but some tosser complained to youtube that i had an "explicit" image with an American Indian's face as a tattoo that had a female part of anatomy which showed a beard .... sigh. Wish i kept the original making of the movie now ... oh well.
Now, New Radicals in New Zealand were nothing more than a catchy advert here on television, sad but true, but none the less this country knows jack shit about the New Radicals, which is OK, because c'mon, after all its just an advert .... right? OK, its a song by a full band, but no-one knows that here, its just the way shit turns out sometimes.
This is our tour bus Jimmy?
The more things change in music, the more they stay the same. The alternative rockers of the 1990s may have caused so-called corporate rockers like Poison and Bon Jovi to become less visible, but at the same time, the worship of 1970s baby boomer culture was alive and well among post-baby boomers. In 1998, one of the most memorable examples of 1970s-flavored music came from the New Radicals. Although Radicals singer/leader Gregg Alexander was quick to espouse a left-wing point of view, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too doesn't beat listeners over the head with a sociopolitical agenda. Nor is the CD an exercise in angry 1990s angst rock. Rather, Alexander's band is a congenial and highly melodic throwback to the rock and blue-eyed soul of the early to mid-'70s. Alexander's vocals have a very Mick Jagger-ish quality, but while the Rolling Stones were a rock & roll band that occasionally dabbled in soul and funk, the Radicals favor pop/rock that is consistently mindful of classic Northern soul. Hook-happy offerings like "Jehovah Made This Whole Joint for You," "Flowers," and "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough" give the impression that Alexander holds the Stones and the artists of Motown Records in equally high regard. Without question, Brainwashed was among the more promising releases of late 1998. ~ [Alex Henderson, All Music Guide]
For Bon Jovi visit Def 1000 Number 475 & #522
For Rolling Stones visit Def 1000 Number 689 & #767
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