Friday, January 20, 2012

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey "Here & Now" (2009)

Once upon a time, pop charts were filled with wonderful nuggets of guitar based songs.  At some point, the guitar pop songs got pushed to the margins.   Every ten years or so there's a little bubble of interest, but mainly it's a sideline, a subspecies of indie rock.

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey were pretty big deals in the 80s, at least in the south, where they were on the same level as REM.  I don't know the full story, but they got left behind while REM went on to headline arena shows around the world.

This album finds Holsapple & Stamey getting back together again & recording some wonderful pop songs.  While the record is a bit uneven, the high points are wonderful.  It's sad that it was so overlooked.

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