History Music / MercuryRev

5th May '16 3:04:30 PM aye_amber
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This lineup produced two CultClassic albums, ''Yerself Is Steam'' (1991) and ''Boces'' (1993), which found a large audience and some chart success in the indie-rock-happy UK. The album's styles are marked by [[EpicRocking extended run-times]], ragged self-production, use of Grasshopper's homemade Tettix Wave Acumulator synth, a chaotic sound that constantly shifts between poppy accessibility and freaky guitar noisescapes, {{Word Salad Title}}s and [[WordSaladLyrics lyrics]], and the interplay between Baker's deranged, low-pitched vocals and Donahue's more [[SigurRos Jónsi]]-sounding voice.

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This lineup produced two CultClassic albums, ''Yerself Is Steam'' (1991) and ''Boces'' (1993), which found a large audience and some chart success in the indie-rock-happy UK. The album's styles are marked by [[EpicRocking extended run-times]], ragged self-production, use of Grasshopper's homemade Tettix Wave Acumulator synth, a chaotic sound that constantly shifts between poppy accessibility and freaky guitar noisescapes, {{Word Salad Title}}s and [[WordSaladLyrics lyrics]], and the interplay between Baker's deranged, low-pitched vocals and Donahue's more [[SigurRos Jónsi]]-sounding voice.
[[Music/SigurRos Jónsi]] sounding voice.
13th Apr '16 12:41:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* PersonaNonGrata: In a {{Swans}}-like example, during the Lollapalooza tour in 1993, they were thrown off the stage for being too loud and noisy.

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* PersonaNonGrata: In a {{Swans}}-like Music/{{Swans}}-like example, during the Lollapalooza tour in 1993, they were thrown off the stage for being too loud and noisy.
21st Jan '16 2:03:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* IdiotBall: Fridmann stupidly wasted the band's advance on buying his mother a Bermuda vacation package, forcing them to seek assistance from [[{{Galaxie 500}} Dean Wareham]] to record "Car Wash Hair".

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* IdiotBall: Fridmann stupidly wasted the band's advance on buying his mother a Bermuda vacation package, forcing them to seek assistance from [[{{Galaxie [[Music/{{Galaxie 500}} Dean Wareham]] to record "Car Wash Hair".
11th Jul '15 1:15:54 PM tenryufan
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: They have a cult following here in the states, but they're a lot bigger in the UK.
* HeAlsoDid: Jonathan Donahue made [[GuestStarPartyMember guest appearances]] on two Music/TheChemicalBrothers songs (he sang on "Dream On" and played additional guitar on "The Private Psychedelic Reel").



* TroubledProduction: ''Boces'', to the point that the band refuse to play songs from it since it reminds them of the turbulent recording.
** ''Deserter's Songs'' can also qualify due to what amounts to a TraumaCongaLine. ''See You on the Other Side'' bombed, the band asked to leave their label, the manager, lawyers and original drummer left, Jonathan both broke up with a girlfriend and suffered two nervous breakdowns and the band was on the verge of total collapse. They intended ''Songs'' to more or less be a SeriesFauxnale which makes the fact that it was a HitlessHitAlbum all the more [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome.]]
14th Jun '14 2:56:54 PM BadSplice
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* GermansLoveDavidHasslehoff: They have a cult following here in the states, but they're a lot bigger in the UK.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasslehoff: GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: They have a cult following here in the states, but they're a lot bigger in the UK.
14th Jun '14 2:55:47 PM BadSplice
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* GermansLoveDavidHasslehoff: They have a cult following here in the states, but they're a lot bigger in the UK.
14th Jun '14 2:52:07 PM BadSplice
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: All the members, all the time.


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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: All the members, but Grasshopper most of all.


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** ''Deserter's Songs'' can also qualify due to what amounts to a TraumaCongaLine. ''See You on the Other Side'' bombed, the band asked to leave their label, the manager, lawyers and original drummer left, Jonathan both broke up with a girlfriend and suffered two nervous breakdowns and the band was on the verge of total collapse. They intended ''Songs'' to more or less be a SeriesFauxnale which makes the fact that it was a HitlessHitAlbum all the more [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome.]]
8th May '14 9:09:33 PM progkinghughes
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jonathan Donahue sang a handful of songs on the first two albums before becoming full time lead vocalist after David Baker's departure.
** Grasshopper sings lead on the ''Deserter's Songs'' track "Hudson Line"
24th Dec '13 6:42:33 PM JIKTV
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* CoverVersion: They've covered "If You Want Me to Stay" by SlyAndTheFamilyStone, "Shhh/Peaceful" by MilesDavis, "He Was a Friend of Mine" by BobDylan, "Motion Pictures" and "Philadelphia" by NeilYoung, "Caroline Says Pt. II" by Lou Reed and the standard "I Only Have Eyes For You".

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* CoverVersion: They've covered "If You Want Me to Stay" by SlyAndTheFamilyStone, Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone, "Shhh/Peaceful" by MilesDavis, Music/MilesDavis, "He Was a Friend of Mine" by BobDylan, Music/BobDylan, "Motion Pictures" and "Philadelphia" by NeilYoung, Music/NeilYoung, "Caroline Says Pt. II" by Lou Reed Music/LouReed and the standard "I Only Have Eyes For You".
22nd Aug '13 10:13:07 AM Willbyr
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* ''All Is Dream'' (2001)[[hottip:*:with the incredible misfortune of coming out on September 11, 2001]]

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* ''All Is Dream'' (2001)[[hottip:*:with (2001)[[note]]with the incredible misfortune of coming out on September 11, 2001]]2001[[/note]]
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