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The Verve Pipe

440 Villains by The Verve Pipe


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Jerry Harrison
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On their major label debut, The Verve Pipe manage to wrap radio friendly melodies around buzzing guitars that stand the test of time

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What's your memory of The Verve Pipe? Are they filed away with the alternative rock one-hit wonders of the 90s thanks to the single "The Freshman"? Are they lumped in with other mid-decade "alt rock"bands like Live and Bush? Did you see them in their early indie days when the were Midwest up-and-comers? Did you bother to check out their 1999 post-hit follow-up album? Did you check out more than the singles? As listeners who reassess with an ear on the past and present, the 1996 album Villain provides lots to chew on. Album tracks reveal divergences into slightly more adventures territory while the singles show off noisy guitar licks and tones that sound foreign compared to the modern Top 40.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Cup Of Tea
  • 18:01 - The Freshman
  • 23:11 - Villains
  • 26:39 - Photograph
  • 37:28 - Real
  • Outro - Barely (If At All)

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