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617 Menthol by Menthol


Capitol Records
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Brad Wood
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Menthol pairs Chicago-flavored alternative guitar rock with dense lyrical content for a fascinating self-titled 1995 major label release

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Chicago and the surrounding areas like Champaign-Urbana nurtured a big guitar rock sound found in the Smashing Pumpkins, Hum, Catherine, Veruca Salt, Fig Dish, and others. Originally called Mother for their debut, the band signed to a major label, changed their name to Menthol, and produced an album worthy of that group with 1995's self-titled release. But the band takes a different approach vocally, spitting big chunks of lyrics filled with a variety of references and twisted wordplay.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Dry Heaves (Of The Well-Adorned)
  • 17:34 - Stress Is Best
  • 20:35 - U.S.A.¬†Capable
  • 26:35 - Perfect Spirals
  • 32:58 - Briefcase Full Of Cash
  • Outro - Francis Scott Key

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