Saturday, September 13, 2014

That Petrol Emotion Manic Pop Thrill Covers

Manic Pop Thrill is the sound of urgency and agitation, a whirling and crashing of guitars and beats. The band was formed out of the ashes of assorted bands and created a well-before-their-time sound that left people scrambling to keep up.

I am a huge fan of all of their work, particularly It's a Good Thing, which is a brilliant song. The packaging of this debut album is very well done. I love the video still cover and the band look respectably Indie without any pretensions. The back photo, where Mack stands with his foot on the wall and all that is a shot they probably wish they could take back. Never pose for a band photo with your legs crossed or with your foot up on anything. Always look like you're ready to spring into action and go make more music, I say.

This is the first version of the band, which would evolve as members came and went, and commercial success never really found them. I've never been able to figure out how things worked in the early 1990s. It always seemed like the really good bands were struggling and the really lousy ones were being feted with success and limos.

Like any reasonable human being, I blame MTV.

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