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just the best, right?
Such fond memories of falling in love with The Sophtware Slump... the artwork.. the melodies.. the lyrics..
The B-sides/rarities collection from that period, the Windfall Varietal, is gorgeous.
Saw them twice. The first of which the bassist was manning the t-shirt stall during the support act. Seemed like genuine good people who hapoened to be in a band, very un-music world, just doing their thing.
I cried when my light blue robo-deer t-shirt reached the end of its life. To this day my favourite t-shirt ever.
love that song
Did anybody else donate to Jason Lytle's sisters health fun a few years back? It was all a bit tragic (she passed soon after) but the content given for donating was phenomonal.
Live bootlegs, two unreleased studio albums, demo versions of the last two albums, unreleased oddities, b-sides and so on. Incredible stuff.
any idea if it is still possible to buy the unreleased albums? would love to hear all that stuff.
I donated but totally forgot to actually download the files.
I wonder if I can dig out the old email and see if they're still hosted?
oh goodness, dig it out. The double live album is my favourite live record by any band ever and it's not even official.
The demo of 'skateboarding saved me twice' is delightful too. Oh there's so much there.
a band I've always liked but one that I think I have actually grown to love even more over the years. Don't have many bands like that (Gorky's are another).
I assume they were critically acclaimed but I don't think I was in touch with the music press at all at the time they were around. Todd Zilla might actually be a favourite but I like everything they did really.
Didn't quite connect with 'Yours Truly' but 'Dept. of Disappearance' I liked as much as Grandaddy and have listened to a lot since its release.
they were surprisingly big at the time, it was around the time music videos still had high profiles and they were all over mtv2, crystal lake was everywhere
including in 2000 when Elliott Smith did He's Simple etc with them
I didn't know who they were then :'(
I can only remember seeing them once at bristol uni circa 2001 (had to spend the night in a subway restaurant to get the first train back to cardiff), which is weird as I really liked them and went to loads of festivals around that time. probably because whenever I went to reading I rarely left the campsite
Think i managed to get the last train back to cardiff.
Having seen them earlier in the year at the Edinburgh festival it struck me in Bristol that they were becoming bigger than they were probably comfortable with.
first time was supporting SFA in 1998 - what a gig!
sophtware slump wasn't nearly as highly rated as Deserter's Songs or The Soft Bulletin, but it's miles better IMO.
Under the western freeway and The Broken Down Comforter Collection are amazing too, but i have to admit i thought they went downhill very quickly from sumday onwards.
a few reunion shows would be great at some point.
The Sophtware slump was in most magazines top 10 of the year, so was pretty well thought of at the time. As for reunion shows, they played about a months worth of shows ending at the shepherds bush empire in 2012. Seem to remember them saying not to rule out it happening again.
Prompted by hearing one of the new B&S tracks and thinking it sounded just like Grandaddy.
Jason Lytle put a gig on his bandcamp just before Xmas. It's pretty good http://jasonlytle.bandcamp.com/
I've got a lot of love for Sumday, it's a lovely sad pop record and seems to often get overlooked for Western Freeway or Sophtware both of which are great too of course - Sophtware especially.
I'd seen them loads back around the time of Software Slump, but, that gig at EotR was incredible. There was just a massive sense of jubilant goodwill in the field that night. Still gives me a massive grin.
Like Zanimos my love for them has grown over the years.
Saw them on the Thursday in Glasgow then headed down to End of the Road and saw them again on the Sunday. Their projector didnt work for the EotR show but the crowd cheered them on.... singing Natures Anthem back at them at the end of the show was one of my all-time gig moments. Amazing band.
Still absolutely fucking gutted the EOTR show was only 1 hour long because of that cunting projector.
got the set list at the end and because of it they skipped Summer Here Kids, Here (pavement) and a couple of other classics.