I appreciate comfortable and/or affable mediocrity above all else
:"Start to Smile"Love Child
:"Know Its Alright"
I'm not dumb enough to say that I learned more of value at WUOG
than at the library, but what I picked up in the vinyl and cd vaults have stayed with me more than anything from Lexis-Nexis or a microfiche. For example, Love Child
. The first time I remember hearing about them was when Badaboom Gramophone
ran a Trouser Press
update near the end of the century. The writer fellow went on about Love Child like they were the most unfairly neglected band ever, as if every '90's indie-rock band of note was stealing what was rightfully Love Child's. I was familiar with Alan Licht and Rebecca Odes, but didn't know anything about their first band (or third songwriter Will Baum, for that matter), and decided to track something down, based on this ridiculously positive review. WUOG had their first album, Okay?
, on vinyl, and although it's nothing Earth shattering, it's always struck me as a very likable little record. It's basically a bunch of sloppy, rudimentary pop songs, with a somewhat restrained Licht occasionally splattering guitar nonsense all over the place, sort of like Ira Kaplan. I used to play this all the time on WUOG, both on Blank Generation and on my rotation shift. I could never find a copy of my own, though. A few months ago, I was able to rip mp3s from a friend's vinyl copy, and so now here are some songs from Okay?. Again, nothing fantastic, but I find this all very charming in that "hey, we're in college, let's start a rock band, and be kind of arty, but not really try to cover up our inherent dorkiness, or anything" kind of way. Sort of like the France