The Weekly Music Thread Gets it Right the First Time

Let’s discuss any and all music here. Got a new artist who’s rocking your boat that you want to talk about? Post a video! Found out about that unearthed Coltrane album that has the jazz freak in you losing your mind? Lay it out for us! Have a theory about what your favorite band might do for their next album? Let’s hear it! Anything and everything music-related goes here.

This week’s discussion prompt: Which artists (in your opinion) never topped their debut album?

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While their sophomore album Hallowed Ground is excellent and the band have continued to release great music over the years, on their self-titled debut the group truly captured lightning in a bottle. With lyrics that encapsulated the feelings and experiences of many a teenager, simple yet dynamic instrumentation, and most importantly songs that were incredibly memorable, Violent Femmes created a masterpiece. In the early nineties it seemed that a taped-off copy of a taped-off copy made its way into every high school, ready to be absorbed by an ideal audience. And it transcended style and social barriers as well – while the “alternative” kids seemed more likely to be in the know, the relatable and catchy songs seemed to appeal to just about anyone who heard them (the girl who I taped my taped-off copy from was mostly into dance and R&B, and had it dubbed onto a tape along with some songs by 2 Unlimited).

Even if you don’t remember this group, if you’ve ever attended or even been in the vicinity of a sporting event you’ve probably heard this song. 

As always, any and all music-related topics are welcome. Have fun, and rock out with yr guac out!