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552 Fluke by Rusty


Handsome Boy, BMG Music
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Chris Wardman

On their 1995 debut Fluke, Rusty criss-cross genres with layers of ragged garage rock fuzz over raspy shredded vocals to maximum effect

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Rusty's 1995 debut album Fluke pulls off a neat trick, sound both of the times and yet somehow ticking the boxes of previous generations. There is the swampy garage blues of "Warning" that Royal Trux or Beck would appreciate as much as ZZ Top of Rory Gallagher. There is a blast of hardcore-ish punk on the aptly titled "Punk" and nods from everyone to the Stooges, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. and The Replacements across the record. Separated, the guitars might sound too gnarly or the drums to lo-fi, but the overall combination mostly finds the sweet spot.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Groovy Dead
  • 13:22 - Misogyny
  • 18:07 - K.D. Lang
  • 19:52 - Warning
  • 23:50 - Punk
  • Outro - California

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