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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Admit, I Like Kula Shaker

Posted by on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

When this band was relevant, I gleefully lumped 'em in with all the shitpop britpop of the time; I wasn't interested. Mainly 'cause, just like now, I was listening to period sike/soul records and anything in the NOW seemed pale. Then one morning, by chance, I heard Kula Shaker over a thrift store's house stereo and I thought whoever they were, they were a better piss take of the MC5 than a LOT of bands that were MC5 wannabes. Eventually I found their K album and, after some listening through real speakers, I found, tho' they sometimes used the contemporary/cliche' '90s onward English rock reliance on that two-and-uh three-and-four syncopated DANCE beat the Rolling Stones invented, they did seem to have a sort of a Kyuss level awareness/appreciation for nailing the atmposhere of some period sike groups. Not that they aren't above sounding silly and contrived; (ahem) "Govinda" for example, but still, when they were on, it was fantastic. Um, so...here is K in it's entirety.

Gosh, not a lot of MC5 there, nope...not at all!

 

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I remember when they first came out. Isn't the lead singer's mom Haylee Mills (from the original "Parent Trap")?
Posted by LaFemmeMonkita on October 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Report this
Dean Fawkes 2
Ha ha ha! 'Britpop' rhymes with 'shitpop'!

Ha ha ha ha!
Posted by Dean Fawkes http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Author?oid=479789&section=Blogs on October 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
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Hahahahhaha, I was 15 and English when this came out (I'm still English). Everyone I knew had the CD. Me included. It was and is shit.

A couple of tracks are good but jesus - Crispin Mills leave me ALONE!
Posted by Foonken2 on October 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM · Report this
biju 4
K was solid except for that opening track Hey Dude which is just awful.
Posted by biju on October 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Dean Fawkes 5
I Admit, I Like Monkey Mafia's Re-Assaults On Kula Shaker: http://lineout.thestranger.com/lineout/a…
Posted by Dean Fawkes http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Author?oid=479789&section=Blogs on October 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM · Report this

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