Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 7, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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Love Battery, “Fuzz Factory” (Atlas Records, 1995)

For every Nirvana and Pearl Jam, there’s a Tad and Earth — Seattle grunge-era bands that just didn’t quite burst onto the mainstream like they could have, and probably should have. Go ahead and add psychedelic fuzz-pop quartet Love Battery to that list. Formed in the late 1980s, and named after a Buzzcocks tune, Love Battery were somewhat of a different breed than most of the Seattle bands of the day, digging more on swirling guitars and saccharine melodies than the sludgy metallic tones that characterized contemporaries like Soundgarden and Mudhoney. The band did, however, share one thing in common with their grunge-buddies: Previously signed to Sub Pop, come 1994, they were snatched up by then major label Atlas records for their album Straight Freak Ticket, and, well…have you ever even heard of Love Battery before? Yeah, we thought not. Regardless, this song and video is from that post-Sub Pop time period, and you can hear their attempts at writing an actual single; except, whereas most bands start to stink once major labels get their paws all over them, this song is actually really good, and the video pre-dates Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas by a couple of years. More proof that the best ones are always ahead of their time. — Ryan Allen

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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Tad, “Grease Box” (Giant, 1993)

From its album art, to their snap-up signing, to their eventual drop from major label sight, Tad and their lone Giant record — Inhaler; seriously, check out its placeholding, corpo art dept., “this is alternative” cover art — are one of the best anomalies in rock-n-roll history. Tad Doyle, grunge confidant and sometime butcher, is so all over “Grease Box,” his hair in his face and his giant head nodding back and forth like he’s making a decision on how to lay waste to you. And the song’s grunge rattle is in place, with Mudhoney in there but more metal, and Alice in Chains in the chorus. It’s still a great jam, and seeing this video — as 90s as the cover art of Inhaler — is kind of fun now. Spinning hands at 2:07! — Johnny Loftus

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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