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Majesty Crush

706 Interview with Hobey Echlin of Majesty Crush


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With a deluxe 2LP set of Majesty Crush music hitting shelves, bassist Hobey Echlin joins us to discuss the early ‘90s Detroit shoegaze scene

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Formed in a city best known for either Motown Soul or Garage Rock, shoegazers Majesty Crush were somewhat of an anomaly in the early ‘90s Detroit music scene. Inspired by the music coming out of the UK at the time, Majesty Crush’s sound employed swirling guitars, hazy vocals, and captivating dreaminess while incorporating elements of soul and R&B.

After their song “No. 1 Fan” received significant airplay during prime hours on the Windsor radio station 89X, Majesty Crush - David Stroughter (vocals), Mike Segal (guitars), Hobey Echlin (bass) and Odell Nails (drums) - signed with Dali Records, a subsidiary of Warner/Elektra and released their debut full-length, Love 15, in 1993. However, just a month after the album came out, Dali Records folded bringing Majesty Crush’s momentum to a halt and, ultimately, to an end just a few years later.

Though their time was short, the band amassed a small but loyal following in the shoegaze scene of the early ‘90s and have been cited as an influence for everything from indie guitar groups to metal bands. And curators of this style of music have sought out Majesty Crush’s music to include on compilations like Third Man Records’ Southeast of Saturn which features 19 tracks from Detroit shoegaze and dream pop artists. In March 2024, Numero Group released Butterflies Don’t Go Away, a 2 LP set featuring the Love 15 album as well as singles, EPs, and rarities, all remastered from the original tapes. The package is completed by a 24-page booklet.

Majesty Crush bassist Hobey Echlin joins us on this episode for a deep dive into not only his band’s career but the ‘90s independent music world. As a music journalist, Echlin has amassed a number of stories over the years and this conversation - at times - goes to places you’d never expect.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - No. 1 Fan
  • 29:33 - "Club Connect" TV show intro
  • 33:46 - Worri
  • 1:25:17 - Space Between Your Moles
  • 1:30:47 - Where the F**k is Kevin Shields? (by PS I Love You)
  • Outro - Uma

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