Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Too Drunk to be a Dancing Nancy

Dave Matthews Band
Under the Table and Dreaming
1994, RCA
produced by Steve Lilywhite

Dave Matthews - guitars, vocals
Stephan Lessard - bass
Carter Beauford - drums
LeRoi Moore - saxophones, flute
Boyd Tinsley - violin

  • What Would You Say/ Recently
  • Satellite/ Christmas Song
  • Ants Marching
  • Typical Situation/ What Would You Say
  • Jimi Thing/ All Along the Watchtower/ Christmas Song
Dave Matthews definitely earned a bad reputation mostly because of his fan base... and his drinking. If it were drinking alone, Eddie Vedder would also be seen as an asshole. The people that attempt to discredit this band as being elitist and too popular, and over-played, or whatever, are probably the same people that contributed to the '90s backlash to Hootie and the Blowfish. This just proves that people are stupid when it comes to music. As if Justin Bieber wasn't enough proof.

Sometimes bands are unique and talented enough to warrant fame, even if it is given to them by hordes of drunk college kids whose parents paid for school. This is Dave's band's first album. They had an EP called Recently, but this was their actual full-length debut. They put jazz and big band back into rock in a way that few had done since the Grateful Dead, and it was refreshing. The tracks are sing-a-long friendly, and musically well put together. This is a great debut, and you can't take that away from them. No matter how much you hate them now.

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