Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Rock of Ages: The Lemonheads - "The Great Big No" (1993)

Evan Dando of The Lemonheads wrote some of the catchiest and simplest rock songs of the 90's. His career as an alt rock God was riddled with classic radio hits like "It's A Shame About Ray" and "Into Your Arms." These songs are sometimes more melancholic, but still are always fun. He mixes his dark, drug addled alter ego in well with this sunshiny pop feel. On his 1993 album Come On Feel The Lemonheads, he attacked a lot of these dark issues head on and with countless memorable riffs and harmonies. Album opener "The Great Big No" is the perfect starter for this kit. It's a jaded song about moving on and trying to figure it out, but do we ever fully move on? Evan Dando is kind of a precursor to the emo phenomenon. With catchy hooks and mopey, sad lyrics encased in fast tempo rock, it's definitely a tell tale sign of what was to come.

Come On Feel The Lemonheads is a perfect piece of power pop mastery. "The Great Big No" packs a catchy riff and lyrics that make you want to sing along to as well as a beat that keeps things going. Although the music of The Lemonheads is sunny and bright, the truth was that Evan Dando hid deep down inside the lyrics his inner stuggles. His drug addiction led to a stop to his genius creativity in the late 90s and early 00's. His music is all at once a time capsule of the 90's and an everlasting anthem of youthful confusion ladeled in amazing power chords that demand you listen to them whilst driving to the shore or blasting when you need to dance to some good rock and roll. Luckily for us as well that Dando is back with The Lemonheads. The 2006 self titled record rules and a new album of new material is due soon. Long live the 90s!

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