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477 Caviar by Caviar


Island Records
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Johnny K

After the dissolution of Chicago rockers Fig Dish, half the band turned their ears to kitschy 60s sounds for their 2000 release as Caviar

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So many bands got signed to major labels in the 1990s it could keep our podcast going well into the 22nd century. Rarely did artists get a second go around as a new act, as was the case with vocalist Blake Smith and bassist Mike Willison after the breakup of their band Fig Dish. After recruiting a new guitarist and drummer, they formed Caviar and in 2000 released their self-titled debut on Island Records. While Smith's catchy melodies are still present, the band takes advantage of their second major label chance by adding a variety of samples, including a bossa nova intro on the single "Tangerine Speedo." The band tries to walk a thin line between the quirky pop sounds of Sugar Ray, Smashmouth or Cake, the more aggressive pop-punk guitar of bands like Blink-182 or Weezer.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Tangerine Speedo
  • 19:42 - OK Nightmare
  • 22:09 - I Am The Monument
  • 26:13 - Goldmine
  • 30:39 - Looked So Hard I Nearly Wrecked My Eyes
  • Outro - Sugarless

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