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Veruca Salt
"American Thighs"

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Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • Get Back
  • All Hail Me
  • Seether
  • Spiderman '79
  • Forsythia
  • Wolf
  • Celebrate You
  • Fly
  • Number One Blind
  • Victrola
  • Twinstar
  • 25
  • Sleeping Where I Want

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    Veruca Salt
    "American Thighs"

    Originally formed from Chicago in 1993, Veruca Salt is an Alternative Rock band, fronted by guitarist/vocalist Louise Post. The name comes from the children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the spoiled rich girl character. Their debut album, American Thighs included band members Nina Gordon (guitarist/vocals), Steve Lack (bass), and Jim Shapiro (drums, backing vocals). [The members of this original lineup have disbanded, except for Louise Post.] Their song, "Seether" was brought to my attention by a friend of mine, and incredibly, this song is definitely is one of the best Alternative Rock songs to date. (I can't help hearing The Kinks' "All Day And All Of The Night" on parts of this song...) American Thighs was originally released on the independent record label Minty Fresh. They would later record on the major labels Geffen (or subsidiaries of Geffen) and other lesser-known labels.

    The opening track, "Get Back" has a Smashing Pumpkins ring to it, likewise the ballad "Spiderman '79," which is another song that could be another huge hit for Alternative Rock radio. The same can be said (Smashing Pumpkins) for "Wolf," "Celebrate You" and "Twinstar."

    There are some good rocking Alternative songs here: "All Hail Me," "Forsythia." Nirvana first comes to mind on "Number One Blind," yet it's more "poppish alternative rock" than that of Nirvana. "Victrola" keeps your head boppin'; "poppish Nirvana" again - the music is compared to Nirvana, yet the vocals sound "poppish." "25" starts out as a rocker, than takes a 180 and slows down the pace. Speaking of slowing down the pace, "Fly' is a very mellow sounding tune, likewise "Sleeping Where I Want."

    American Thighs by Veruca Salt is worth listening to, for the fans of Alternative Rock. Fans of bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana (and the likes of them) will enjoy their music. It's Alterative Rock where such bands at the time as Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana were extremely popular, and Veruca Salt could easily fit in. (Veruca Salt did tour with Hole, which featured Kurt Cobain's wife, Courtney Love.)

    With numerous personnel changes, Veruca Salt has recorded three EPs and three full-length albums since their debut. Only Louise Post has remained with the group. American Thighs will get repeated listens. There are various songs that can easily be popular on Alternative Rock radio formats. Veruca Salt is one of those bands where yes, their music is quite different, but compared to the many bands in their same style, they are unique, talented, and have an assortment of great tunes to enjoy.

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