Podcast Episode
Season
Six
number
326
Type
Roundtable
Post Date
4/11/2017

Veruca Salt

Sophomore Slump - Roundtable

Label
MCA Victor, Inc.
Release year
1997
Producer
Bob Rock

American Thighs went platinum with three charting singles but did they falter with the followup?

It’s time to revisit another sophomore album from the 1990s and compare it to it’s successful freshman effort. In this case, we’re checking out the 1997 album Eight Arms To Hold You by Veruca Salt, who scored a platinum album and three charting singles with their 1994 debut American Thighs. Though initial sales were strong, after Volcano Girls the singles fell off, and the reviews were not as positive as the first time around. Some pointed the finger at producer Bob Rock, known for his work with big rock and metal acts like Metallica and Motley Crue. But was it really necessary to point any fingers? To determine what went right, what went wrong and how it sounds twenty years later, we’ve assembled a veteran group to for this roundtable: Chip Midnight (Kids Interview Bands), Jeff Takacs (Rocketfuel Podcast) and Jim Kopeny(Chicagoist).

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Volcano Girls
  • 13:58 - Straight
  • 18:49 - The Morning Sad
  • 25:08 - Don’t Make Me Prove It
  • 40:00 - Venus Man Trap
  • Outro - Shutterbug

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Sophomore Slump - Roundtable