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Podcast Episode
Season
Eleven
number
527
Type
Album Review
Post Date
2/16/2021

Royal Trux

527 Cats and Dogs by Royal Trux

Cats and Dogs

Label
Drag City
Release year
1993
Producer
Jennifer Herrema, Neil Hagerty

On Cats and Dogs, Royal Trux synthesized 70s blues and psychedelic rock through a 90s lo-fi lens to create a unique if frustrating listen

Despite what the million-dollar deal with Virgin Records might have implied, Royal Trux we're never going to be hitmakers. The label bought their cool factor based largely on the 1993 album Cats and Dogs, their first to embrace the songwriting end of their lo-fi asthetic that danced on the edges of 90s rock via critical praise and underground hype. Part droning Velvet Underground, part deconstructed Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones, with touches of Sonic Youth and Pavement, Royal Trux concocted a stew of brittle, off-kilter blues without a hint of irony. The result is occasionally blistering, but not without fragile moments that sound like collapse is imminent.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - The Flag
  • 15:48 - Let's Get Lost
  • 18:38 - Up the Sleeve
  • 25:42 - Turn of the Century
  • 37:22 - Driving in That Car (with the Eagle on the Hood)
  • Outro - The Spectre

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