Gone Digital: The Dead Milkmen, Robin Trower, Geoffrey Williams, Grace Pool, and Crispin Glover
If itâs Tuesday, then it must be time for Gone Digital, our weekly look at five recent additions to Rhinoâs digital catalog. As ever, the types of music weâll be covering will be all over the place, but thatâs Rhino for you: weâre all about variety!
â¢ The Dead Milkmen, EAT YOUR PAISLEY (1986): In spotlighting this album, we would be remiss if we didnât mention that the Milkmenâs entire Enigma output is part of Rhinoâs digital catalog, but we opted to spotlight this album in particular because it contains the first song your humble author ever heard by the band, âThe Thing That Only Eats Hippies.â That said, once youâve heard this tune, youâll probably want to go hit up the other albums and revisit such classics as âBitchinâ Camaro,â âInstant Club Hit (Youâll Dance to Anything),â and âPunk Rock Girl.â
â¢ Robin Trower, TAKE WHAT YOU NEED (1988): The first of Trowerâs two albums for Atlantic, this was also his last studio album to chart in the States, climbing to #133 and then beginning its descent. Despite its chart performance, the album is still one that Trower fans enjoyed, thanks to tracks like âTear It Up,â âTake What You Need (From Me),â and âOver You.â
â¢ Grace Pool, GRACE POOL (1988): This NYC band released two albums during the course of their existence, both of which are part of Rhinoâs digital catalog, but this is the first. Itâs a wonderful piece of work, one that stands out in particular for including that rarest of beasts, a Blue Nile cover (âStayâ). Trouser Press described the album as âa record with catchy songs, fine harmonies, and intricately subtle arrangements,â while the Washington Post referred to the âsensual, not sorrowfulâ minor-key melodies. Give it a spin. It could be just the calming tonic you need right about now.
â¢ Crispin Glover, THE BIG PROBLEM? THE SOLUTION. THE SOLUTION = LET IT BE. (1989): Yes, itâs the actor who played George McFly in Back to the Future, and if youâve never had the experience of seeing the video for his song âClowny Clown Clown,â weâll say either âyouâre welcomeâ or âIâm so sorryâ and let you decide for yourself if you want to press âplayâ below. This album is...quite something. Thatâs the only review weâre comfortable offering. If you decide to listen to it, youâll understand why. God speed, and...courage.
â¢ Geoffrey Williams, BARE (1992): This UK R&B singer started making waves at home in the late â80s, but it was arguably his appearance on the Beverly Hills 90210 soundtrack with his tune âLet Me Be Your Babyâ that helped start to break him in the States. That said, his only American chart hit wasnât that tune but, rather, âItâs Not a Love Thing,â which hit #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 but â weâll just say it â shouldâve been much bigger.