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.