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Phantom Blue

563 Built to Perform by Phantom Blue

Built to Perform

Geffen Records
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Max Norman
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Phantom Blue's second and final album Built to Perform got lost in the early 90s alternative wave but is a hard rock record worth revisiting

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Just like how the 1990s produced hundreds of alternative bands signed to major labels that barely made a dent in radio, MTV, or Billboard, the 80s had their fair share of obscure and forgotten acts of might-have-beens. Those rock bands that straddled the line between the two decades often suffered the worst, coming in at the tail end of hair/glam rock dominance into the emergent alternative and college rock scene ready to explode. Phantom Blue is a perfect example of this interesting time, a band whose 1989 debut is more in line with 80s metal, while their 1993 follow-up (and last) record Built to Perform shows growth in multiple directions, incorporating the drop-d riffing of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains flawlessly with Guns 'n Roses licks and energy.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Better Off Dead
  • 15:32 - Lied To Me
  • 21:11 - Little Man
  • 31:01 - My Misery
  • Outro - Time to Run

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