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Podcast Episode
Season
Ten
number
477
Type
Album Review
Post Date
3/3/2020

Caviar

After the dissolution of Chicago rockers Fig Dish, half the band turned their ears to kitschy 60s sounds for their 2000 release as Caviar

So many bands got signed to major labels in the 1990s it could keep our podcast going well into the 22nd century. Rarely did artists get a second go around as a new act, as was the case with vocalist Blake Smith and bassist Mike Willison after the breakup of their band Fig Dish. After recruiting a new guitarist and drummer, they formed Caviar and in 2000 released their self-titled debut on Island Records. While Smith's catchy melodies are still present, the band takes advantage of their second major label chance by adding a variety of samples, including a bossa nova intro on the single "Tangerine Speedo." The band tries to walk a thin line between the quirky pop sounds of Sugar Ray, Smashmouth or Cake, the more aggressive pop-punk guitar of bands like Blink-182 or Weezer.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Tangerine Speedo
  • 19:42 - OK Nightmare
  • 22:09 - I Am The Monument
  • 26:13 - Goldmine
  • 30:39 - Looked So Hard I Nearly Wrecked My Eyes
  • Outro - Sugarless

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