After yesterday’s ickiness involving the desecration of one of my all-time favouritest hit songs, it’s time to flush that painful memory from my mind. And the best way for me to do that is to introduce you to my favourite band of the 21st century: Sugarbomb.
I first read about Sugarbomb somewhere long ago in the mists of time. They sounded interesting, so I got a hold of their one (and only) major-label album, Bully (2001), and had a listen.
This is the first track on Bully:
Sugarbomb – “What A Drag” (2001)
I don’t know what it is about that song, but I instantly took to it in a big way – and by the time the song had finished, I was a fan of Sugarbomb.
Then track 2 came on:
Sugarbomb – “Bully” (2001)
And with that track I became a completely hopeless fan – the kind you don’t want to meet at a party (e.g., “What? You’ve never heard of [insert name of worshipped band here]? Oh, man. You’ve gotta hear them. Have I told you about their career? I haven’t? Have you got a spare nine hours?”).
As with all hopeless fans, I endeavoured to find out as much as I could about them, buy everything they ever released (which, unfortunately, isn’t much), and pester whatever MySpace/Facebook/anywhere-on-the-Internet pages they had (which, also unfortunately, is close to nothing).
I won’t bore you with my rabid fanboy ramblings about Sugarbomb (you probably have better things to do), but instead I’ll point you in the direction of a couple of mightily informative blog posts in case you’re interested in knowing more about the band I mention in hushed tones:
That second one is an eye-opening interview in which the band members talked about their treatment in the music industry as they tried to cope with their record company badgering them into writing ‘simpler’ songs because what they’d already written was apparently too smart, and the record company told them that they needed to dumb it down so they’d have a better chance of getting onto the charts (!).
This is one of the ‘simpler’ songs that Sugarbomb recorded to appease their record company:
Sugarbomb – “Clover” (2001)
Even when they were trying to make stupider songs they couldn’t help crafting something well worth listening to.
I really can’t tell you how much I love Sugarbomb, but I’m sure that you have a band you adore unconditionally, one that can do no wrong, so I reckon you’d be in a position to say: “Ah, that’s how much Peter loves Sugarbomb. I understand.”