On the 1995 Derailer the scrappy pop-rock of Little John strikes an interesting chord between Dinosaur Jr. guitar riffs and TMBG quirkiness
The late mid-to-late 90s were overwhelming based on the number of new alternative rock album releases each week. Unfortunately, that meant bands like Little John either had a breakout single and video or were quickly relegated to the cut-out bin near the register of the record store. In the case of their 1996 album Derailer, full of pop-rock that veers between Dinosaur Jr. guitar riffs and the quirky lyrics and melodies of They Might Be Giants, the band crafted some earworms alongside some less engaging album tracks. From the opening title track to the Presidents Of The United States of America-esque "Evel Knievel," the band craft tight, fun songs that more people should know.
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