Superchunk Album History – Part 1 [1990-1992]

September 14th is almost here, which means Majesty Shredding is almost here.  This week’s anticipatory tribute focuses on the albums of Superchunk (see my previous articles).  I will take you through this brief history with some of Superchunk’s thoughts on the albums as well as the part they played in my own personal history.  While it may seem self-serving to focus on myself I hope that it can provide more context to the albums by looking at how music plays such an important part in our lives and I hope this will spark your own musical memories, be they Superchunk or other.

I know this is not the original lineup from these years but I love all the hair

This is the first part of my series.  I will attempt to release each part for the rest of the week, so check back.  Also, leave  any of your own thoughts and memories in the comments.  I would love to pull them all together into document.

Superchunk [1990]

The thing that first jumped out at me was how many times this album slowed down (in a good way). Slow, Binding, Half a Life and even My Noise to a certain extent all laid of off the gas a bit and allowed the melodies to breathe a little. I was never much of a hardcore punk fan and this album showed me a world where punk didn’t have to be punching me in the face.

No Pocky for Kitty (recently remastered) [1991]

The lyrics for Seed Toss are where I fell in love with Superchunk. You had me at “Here you come on your broom / your mood ring is turning brown”. This is the beauty of Superchunk’s subtle punkitude. They are going to tell you that they don’t like you as any respectable punk band should, but can say it elegantly or in a lyrically interesting way. In the same vein, they are going to use loud, raucous guitars to play insanely poppy hooks and melodies.

Tossing Seeds: Singles 1989-91 [1992]

I was a touch sad when I found out that Train From Kansas City was a cover. It just sounds so perfect as a punk song. I originally had Tossing Seeds, Superchunk and No Pocky for Kitty together on a 90 minute tape, copied from the CDs lent to me by the friend that introduced me to Superchunk. I listened to that tape so much that even though I’ve moved on to CD and digital technology these three albums are forever tied together in my mind, with the original and acoustic versions of Throwing Things separated by a single song.

Superchunk’s Thoughts

When you listen to the old records now, what do you hear now that you didn’t hear then?

Mac: Well, I think I heard how badly I sang at that point, but there was nothing I could really do about it, so you’re kind of like, that’s fine, whatever. So, that’s one thing that makes me cringe a little bit. But you know, we still play songs from all our records, so hopefully that’s a testament to the fact that even back when we started the songs were still important enough for us to not play three chords and not worry about what they were, even if it was loud we were concerned with having good lyrics. We wrote songs that we weren’t going to end up being embarrassed about listening to. Our whole thing has always been we want to make records that we would listen to even if it wasn’t our own band.

Full article can be found here.

What is your fondest memory from the recording sessions of No Pocky for Kitty?

Laura: I enjoyed Steve’s [Albini] dryness very much, and also the fact that he was so very fond of Pepperidge Farms Chessmen cookies. There was also this one hilarious moment when we finished a good take of a song that we were having trouble with, and before the cymbals had even quit ringing, our drummer at the time yelled “That was easy!” thereby rendering the take worthless. It is hilarious in hindsight.

Full article can be found here.


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