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668 Spot by Spot


Ardent Records
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John P. Hampton

On their lone self-titled album from 1995, Spot injects their brand of mid-90s alternative rock with metal riffage and Faith No More vibes

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The line between rock and metal is a thin one, often based on the listener and their personal preferences. Numerous bands in the 1990s blurred the line, injecting heavy riffs and guitar tones into their sound that pushed bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden onto Headbanger's Ball alongside Metallica and Slayer. But other bands like Spot took their inspiration and applied it differently, like on their self-titled debut from 1995. Opening with "Drop Down," the rhythm section gallops like Iron Maiden, while the riffs on Hole draw from 80s thrash, all while the vocals shift from the boozy "L'America" to harmonized power-pop without a hitch. It's a weird, singular sound that works when it works, but limps when it doesn't.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Ground
  • 22:57 - Moon June Spoon
  • 28:02 - Drop Down
  • 33:12 - L'America
  • 39:11 - Hole
  • Outro - Absalom

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