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Skeleton Key

606 Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon by Skeleton Key

Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon

Capitol Records
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Dave Sardy

Skeleton Key combined East Coast punk and indie rock with an unconventional rhythm section to give their 1997 debut a unique twist

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Though known for a variety of harder post-hardcore bands like Helmet, Quicksand, Biohazard, and many more in the early 90s, the New York City indie music also include a number of outliers who had their major label moments. Like Soul Coughing or Firewater, Skeleton Key sought to do something slightly different. Sure, there are guitar-driven alternative rock tunes like "Wide Open" or "The Worlds Most Famous Undertaker," but the majority of the album isn't so straightforward. With a "junk" percussionist, there is a pallet of sounds not regularly heard on most alternative rock records of the decade.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Watch The Fat Man Swing
  • 23:05 - Wide Open
  • 28:22 - All The Things I've Lost
  • 35:24 - Vomit Ascot
  • Outro - The Worlds Most Famous Undertaker

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