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Podcast Episode
Season
Twelve
number
590
Type
Album Review
Post Date
4/5/2022

New Radicals

590 Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too by New Radicals

Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too

Label
MCA Records
Release year
1998
Producer
Gregg Alexander
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New Radicals lone release spawned a timeless single in You Get What You Give, but the rest of the album isn't quite as sharp or catchy

Author & Special Guests

New Radicals, the band that wrote the ubiquitous single "You Get What You Give" which will never the airwaves, was the brainchild of Gregg Alexander and former child actor Danielle Brisebois, the former who had previously failed to breakthrough in the late 80s/early 90s solo artist. Donning the iconic bucket hat and calling-out (then) current celebrities like Courtney Love and Beck gave critics something to spill ink about, but the overall 1998 release Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too never got the attention the single managed. Drawing on pop from several decades and angles, the band moves effortlessly between 90s alt-rock less expected sounds like the soulful bounce of Hall and Oates or twists and turns of Todd Rundgren. While the album hones in on specific moods, like longing blue-eyed soul on one track and Badfinger-esque 70s pop on the next, the variety of players gives the overall record an inconsistent vibe with tracks often exceeding their welcome by a minute or two.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - You Get What You Give
  • 22:16 - Mother We Just Can't Get Enough
  • 30:06 - In Need of a Miracle
  • 37:47 - I Don't Wanna Die Anymore
  • Outro - Flowers

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