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(Louder Sound)   An analysis of why Stray Dog failed to rock this town   (loudersound.com) divider line
    More: Vintage, Paul Kossoff, Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top, The Wonder Years, Back Street Crawler, Stray Dog, Rio Grande Mud, Album  
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1117 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 27 Sep 2022 at 6:20 PM (10 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-09-27 4:07:56 PM  
Cause the Stray Cats beat them too it
 
2022-09-27 6:42:01 PM  
Based on listening to 3:22 of the track in the article, the answer is "because they were doing stuff that a whole lot of other people were already doing better."  Oh, and "...sounding like a Frankenstein-monster version of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons" isn't the compliment the author thinks it is.  It just makes me want to go listen to ZZ Top instead of these guys.
 
2022-09-27 6:49:38 PM  
Because he got fooled by a high school football coach with a chocolate shake?
 
2022-09-27 6:51:01 PM  
We all have our pet bands that we think should have been much bigger (I could go on for several minutes about the tragedy of Mary's Danish if prompted), but most of us don't get paid to write articles about them.
 
2022-09-27 6:53:46 PM  
I was expecting that the "analysis" would yield a better result than "Beats me!"
 
2022-09-27 7:00:11 PM  

CarnySaur: I was expecting that the "analysis" would yield a better result than "Beats me!"


The content beast must always be fed, even if you have nothing to say!
 
2022-09-27 7:08:27 PM  

Snapper Carr: We all have our pet bands that we think should have been much bigger (I could go on for several minutes about the tragedy of Mary's Danish if prompted), but most of us don't get paid to write articles about them.


Did someone crash the car after all?  It didn't suit them.
 
2022-09-27 7:48:00 PM  

Uzzah: Based on listening to 3:22 of the track in the article, the answer is "because they were doing stuff that a whole lot of other people were already doing better."  Oh, and "...sounding like a Frankenstein-monster version of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons" isn't the compliment the author thinks it is.  It just makes me want to go listen to ZZ Top instead of these guys.


I had never heard them before but was exactly what I thought. They're not horrible but they sound like a ton of other bands from that era.
 
2022-09-27 7:50:46 PM  

Uzzah: Based on listening to 3:22 of the track in the article, the answer is "because they were doing stuff that a whole lot of other people were already doing better."  Oh, and "...sounding like a Frankenstein-monster version of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons" isn't the compliment the author thinks it is.  It just makes me want to go listen to ZZ Top instead of these guys.


Pretty much.

I skipped through the album on YouTube. Kinda interesting, I guess, but nothing special.
 
2022-09-27 7:51:36 PM  

CarnySaur: I was expecting that the "analysis" would yield a better result than "Beats me!"


My question would be why so respected and talented people gravitate to this sort of thing?
 
2022-09-27 7:57:27 PM  
Record company probably cheaped out on the cocaine distribution.  It's little things like that.
 
2022-09-27 8:00:40 PM  
Spend some time in a used record store, and you can see how many bands that had records out on a first or second-tier label that you never heard of.
 
2022-09-27 8:04:13 PM  
Did they try rocking it inside out?
 
2022-09-27 8:14:22 PM  

Great_Milenko: Uzzah: Based on listening to 3:22 of the track in the article, the answer is "because they were doing stuff that a whole lot of other people were already doing better."  Oh, and "...sounding like a Frankenstein-monster version of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons" isn't the compliment the author thinks it is.  It just makes me want to go listen to ZZ Top instead of these guys.

Pretty much.

I skipped through the album on YouTube. Kinda interesting, I guess, but nothing special.


Yeah, completely average for the era.

I've never heard of them, and it's easy to hear why.

I always think of "Big Star" when I think of bands that never got huge but probably should have. But I completely understand why "Big Star" never took off. It's too melancholy. It's *good*, but their music just has a weird, somewhat-depressing mood to it that is hard to get into. "The Replacements", for obvious reasons, had the same problem.

I rarely want to listen to either band's music, as interesting as it is.
 
2022-09-27 8:39:08 PM  

realmolo: Great_Milenko: Uzzah: Based on listening to 3:22 of the track in the article, the answer is "because they were doing stuff that a whole lot of other people were already doing better."  Oh, and "...sounding like a Frankenstein-monster version of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons" isn't the compliment the author thinks it is.  It just makes me want to go listen to ZZ Top instead of these guys.

Pretty much.

I skipped through the album on YouTube. Kinda interesting, I guess, but nothing special.

Yeah, completely average for the era.

I've never heard of them, and it's easy to hear why.

I always think of "Big Star" when I think of bands that never got huge but probably should have. But I completely understand why "Big Star" never took off. It's too melancholy. It's *good*, but their music just has a weird, somewhat-depressing mood to it that is hard to get into. "The Replacements", for obvious reasons, had the same problem.

I rarely want to listen to either band's music, as interesting as it is.


Big Star didn't take off because they had a shiatty label that didn't promote them. Rolling Stone (rightly) raved about them but there was only word of mouth radio, TV or press to get the word out and the record company barely did any of the last three.

I don't find the music on their first record melancholy at all. It's amazing, fun and thoughtful.
 
2022-09-27 8:49:57 PM  
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It was Dustin Hoffman's fault.
 
2022-09-27 8:55:45 PM  
Because i'm a product of the 90's and 2ks, i'd through the band "Hum" out there as one who didn't take off, but I sure dug them and was stoked that they put out an album recently.

Also, realizing that i use the word stoked still probably indicates my age.

/take it easy bro
 
2022-09-27 10:08:54 PM  
My list:. Supergrass, The The, and X
 
2022-09-27 11:49:12 PM  

phedex: Because i'm a product of the 90's and 2ks, i'd through the band "Hum" out there as one who didn't take off, but I sure dug them and was stoked that they put out an album recently.

Also, realizing that i use the word stoked still probably indicates my age.

/take it easy bro


That most recent album is *excellent*.
 
2022-09-28 5:59:09 AM  
Your favorite band sucks
 
2022-09-28 8:40:13 AM  

phedex: Because i'm a product of the 90's and 2ks, i'd through the band "Hum" out there as one who didn't take off, but I sure dug them and was stoked that they put out an album recently.

Also, realizing that i use the word stoked still probably indicates my age.

/take it easy bro


Hum is awesome. Saw them at a bar on the Downward is Heavenward tour and got to talk with Matt for a while before they went on. Great band, nice guy.

Did you check out the Centaur album?
 
2022-09-28 9:42:07 AM  

kermit the forg: My list:. Supergrass, The The, and X


All those bands are huge though?  They all still regularly sell out shows in decent size venues. Supergrass less so in the States, but a The The tour would be big. They play Royal Albert and Sydney Opera House FFS.
 
2022-09-28 10:31:46 AM  
I recognized Snuffy Walden's name because he collaborates with a singer I like, Sara Niemitz. If you're not familiar with her, check out her work with Post-Modern Jukebox.
 
2022-09-28 11:38:10 AM  
I skipped through the album on YouTube. Kinda interesting, I guess, but nothing special.

Yeah, completely average for the era.

I don't hate it, but it's no better than 1000 other "forgotten" records from the 60s and 70s. I love Free,Kossoff and Back Street Crawler, so I'm probably more inclined to like this than most and meh.
 
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